India: Munir Akram criticises ‘obstructionist actions’
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Pakistani UN Permanent Representative Munir Akram accused India of “blocking Pakistan and other neighbours from addressing” the developing situation in Afghanistan. Pakistan, like several other neighbouring countries, has been on the frontline in recent days in accepting Afghans seeking to flee Taliban insurgents after the fall of Kabul. Addressing a special meeting of the UN Security Council, Mr Akram said: “India’s partisan and obstructionist actions are an illustration of the hatred for Pakistani existence in India.
“They plan to continue the conflict in Afghanistan and to continue the sponsorship of terrorism against Pakistan from Afghanistan.
“It could be neutralised once peace is restored to Afghanistan. We’re not surprised by India’s anti-Pakistan partisanship, this confirms Pakistan’s long-held contention that India does not deserve to be on the Security Council, much less to aspire to become a permanent member of the council.
“It is in violation of the resolutions of the Security Council on Kashmir, and it is in the process of conducting a campaign of genocide against the people of Kashmir with 900,000 troops deployed in the occupied territory.”
Mr Akram also questioned India’s interference in light of the UN Security Council allowing Afghan Ambassador Ghulam Isaczai from speaking during the meeting despite his government collapsing under Taliban pressure.
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He continued: “While blocking Pakistan and other neighbours of Afghanistan from addressing the Council, the representative of a now-defunct regime has been invited to speak to the Council.
“There was considerable pathos in this spectacle. Ambassador Isaczai is an esteemed colleague but the person who has appointed him has fled Afghanistan because of a betrayal from some of his own ministers and the army chiefs.
“It is therefore unclear on whose behalf Ambassador Isaczai participated in the Security Council.”
The UN Security Council meeting coincided with the third emergency COBRA meeting Prime Minister Boris Johnson called in the past four days.
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UK troops were deployed to Afghanistan last week to help with the evacuation of embassy personnel and local aides from Kabul.
British Ambassador Sir Laurie Bristow has left the embassy and is believed to have been working with a small group of remaining staff to personally help process visa requests at the airport.
Mr Johnson’s official spokesman said on Monday the UK will continue the evacuation effort for “as long as we are able to do so and as long as it is safe to do so”.
Defence Secretary Ben Wallace insisted evacuation will continue until the first week of September if possible but choked up as he admitted with regret that “some people won’t get back”.
Speaking on LBC, Mr Wallace said: “It’s a really deep part of regret for me… look, some people won’t get back. Some people won’t get back and we will have to do our best in third countries to process those people.”
Pressure has been mounting on the UK Government over the withdrawal of troops from the country, and Parliament will be recalled on Wednesday so MPs can discuss the crisis.
The PM’s official spokesman said he recognised it would be an “extremely difficult time” for those who had been involved in the conflict.
Asked if Mr Johnson would apologise to British soldiers who served in Afghanistan amid criticism of the devastating withdrawal, he said: “Look, I fully understand that this must be an extremely difficult time for service personnel who served in Afghanistan and indeed the families of those who lost loved ones.
“As the PM has said, the UK can be proud of what has been done in Afghanistan over the past 20 years. It is thanks to their sacrifices that we’ve seen now no al Qaida attacks against the West for a very long time, there are millions of girls and young women who have been educated in Afghanistan, and that cannot be taken away.”
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