USA and Pakistan conflict at United Nations over Afghanistan

Violet Powell
January 22, 2018

"Those who talk of changing mindset need to look within, at their own record of subversion against my country as our capture of an Indian spy has proven beyond doubt", Lodhi said.

On January 3, Lodhi had set the record straight after Nikki Haley, US Ambassador to the United Nations, made incendiary remarks against Pakistan.

Pakistan's Permanent Representative to the United Nations Maleeha Lodhi while rejecting USA accusations said that America should adopt the path of truth in favor of solution to Afghan issue.

Lodhi was originally listed to address the Council two spots before India's Permanent Representative Syed Akbaruddin, but she chose to speak later and amended her prepared speech with the response to him.

Pakistan's Lodhi said that after 17 years of war it's "more than evident" that neither the Afghan government nor the Taliban can win militarily. "These mindsets differentiate between good and bad terrorists".

He said that it is India's vision that Afghanistan regain its place and New Delhi remains committed to work closely, with its regional and worldwide partners to bring peace, security, stability and prosperity in Afghanistan.

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Akbaruddin said that after Prime Minister visited Lahore in December 2015 in a bid to promote peace with Pakistan, "a heinous and barbaric terrorist attack" was launched on the Pathankot airbase in a week's time by "the very same mindsets which attack the spirit of Afghanistan every day".

She told the 15-member council that those who imagine terrorist sanctuaries exist outside Afghanistan "really need a reality check". "These mindsets refuse to see reason in peace".

U.S. Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan said the United States can't work with Pakistan if it continues to give sanctuary to terrorist organizations and need to stop this and join efforts to resolve the Afghan conflict. "With safe havens inside Afghanistan and income from the narcotics trade, the insurgency does not need outside assistance or "support centers" to sustain itself", clarified Maleeha.

"They did ask us for consensus to put further pressure on Pakistan to come to the table and change their behavior", Haley said.

But he said: "We must recognize the reality that while the Afghan government has been adamant about its interests in initiating peace talks with the Taliban, there has been no reciprocal interest on the part of the Taliban".

But Karzai said: "We are pleased to note that the imperative of addressing the problem of regional terrorist sanctuaries and safe havens is now recognized more than ever before".

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