India Warns Afghanistan Could Again Become Safe Haven For Terrorists

India has expressed its heightened concerns that Afghanistan could once again become a safe haven for terrorist originations due to ongoing political crisis in the country since the Taliban takeover in August.

India’s Union Minister of State for External Affairs Meenakashi Lekhi said that Afghanistan is once again at the risk of turning into a safe haven for al-Qaeda, Islamic State (IS) and a number of other UN-designated terrorist groups, such as Lashkar-e-Taiba and Jaish-e-Mohammed.

Speaking at a high-level international conference on human rights, civil society and counter-terrorism, Lekhi said that terrorism is the biggest violator of human rights that jeopardizing peace and security of the world.

“India has been a victim of terrorism in the last several decades, particularly cross-border terrorism as well as their aliases and proxies,” Lekhi said.

Lekhi said that the perpetrators of terror attacks of the 2001 Parliament, 2005 Delhi bombings, 2008 Mumbai, the 2016 Pathankot and Uri and the 2019 Pulwama, were yet to be brought to the justice.

“Perpetrators, facilitators and financiers of these attacks continue to walk free under state support and hospitality,” Lekhi said without mentioning names of any country who allegedly supporting these terrorist groups.

Lekhi stated that terrorist can only be defeated by a collective fight against it, and stressed over distinguishing between the political and radical ideologies which subscribe to terrorism.

Taliban has seized power on 15-August after withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan and scrambling to form a government to be recognized by the international community and promised to abide by human rights, especially the rights of women and girls.

The Taliban also accused of having a strong ties with al-Qaeda terrorist network.

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