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Pak PM slammed for his UN address that mentioned terror, but leaving out terrorism in own country

During his remarks at the 77th session of UNGA, Shehbaz Sharif said that Pakistan shares the key concern of the international community regarding the threat posed by the terrorist groups operating from Afghanistan.

India TV News Desk Edited By: India TV News Desk New Delhi Updated on: September 26, 2022 23:52 IST
Pakistan Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif
Image Source : AP Pakistan Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif

Highlights

  • Pakistan Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, at UNGA address, mentioned terror threats from Afghanistan
  • Now, he is being slammed for not mentioning the terror outfits on his own home turf
  • PM had named several groups including ISIS-K, TTP, Al-Qaeda among many

Pakistan Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, at his address at the United Nations General Assembly, mentioned the stinging Kashmir issue, and terror threats from Afghanistan among many issues. Now, he is being slammed for not mentioning the terror outfits on his own home turf.

Former Afghan foreign minister Mohammed Haneef Atmar slammed Sharif after he raised concern about the terror threat from Afghanistan. In a series of tweets, Haneef Atmar ripped apart Sharif for failing to name Pakistan-based terrorist organisations like Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM) in his speech that was full of criticism of Afghanistan.

Haneef Atmar rebuked the Pakistan PM for distinguishing between good and bad terrorists while deliberately omitting the name of LeT, which is the largest of all foreign groups operating in the region.

"PM Shehbaz at UNGA warning about the threat posed by major terrorist groups operating from Afghanistan" should be of vital concern to Afghanistan, the region and the international community," he tweeted.

"First, he makes the distinction between good and bad terrorists by omitting the name of LeT and JeM from his list. In terms of fighters' strength, LeT is only second to the Taliban and the largest of all foreign groups operating in the region," he added.

Considering the LeT's growing presence in the region, Atmar said this is a serious warning to the international community given the group's history and current objectives.

The former Afghan minister said Sharif is already directing the international community's anger and response to Afghanistan in case of another 9/11. "And yet, he does not take any responsibility for this situation," he said.

Atmar said Pakistan Prime Minister's emphasis on dealing with these groups lacks strategy.

He further stressed that Afghanistan, along with the international community, should be clear that enduring counter-terrorism and lasting peace depend on the representativeness, inclusivity and legitimacy of the Afghan government.

"Now, the question is whether Pakistan is willing to be genuinely part of an international and regional effort to support intra-Afghan negotiation and a political settlement for such an outcome based on the binding obligations of the parties of the Doha Agreement," he said.

Pakistan PM's UNGA remarks 

Earlier on Friday, Pakistan's Prime Minister raised concern over the threat of terrorism emanating from Afghanistan.

During his remarks at the 77th session of UNGA, Shehbaz Sharif said that Pakistan shares the key concern of the international community regarding the threat posed by the terrorist groups operating from Afghanistan.

He named several groups including Islamic State- Khorasan (ISIS-K) and Tehrik-e Taliban Pakistan (TTP), Al-Qaeda, East Turkestan Islamic Movement (ETIM) and Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU). Sharif's remarks drew strong reactions from Afghanistan including one from the Taliban, TOLOnews reported.

Former Afghan president Hamid Karzai said that Afghanistan has been the victim of terrorism and that terrorist sanctuaries have been active under the Pakistani government and have been used against Afghanistan for decades. 

(with ANI inputs)

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