Afghanistan blasts Pakistan for spawning global terror through Taliban
United tions, May 12: Afghanistan has blasted Pakistan for spawning global extremist terror by promoting the Taliban, “the precursor of today’s terrorists” rampaging across the world, and called for targeting those responsible for it “within state structures.” “It was the Taliban and their backers who characterised the kind of terror that we witness today from various violent extremist groups,” Afghanistan’s Deputy Permanent Representative zifullah Salarzai said Wednesday at the Security Council. “One can easily trace how the Taliban facilitated the creation of al-Qaida, Daish, and their ilk along with the divisive, hateful ideology.”
While avoiding any direct mention of Pakistan, he made clear Islamabad’s role saying that “circles within state structures outside of our frontiers” used ideology and violent behavior to promote the Taliban in pursuit of their political objectives.
“Targeting the promoters and drivers of such policies, who use violence in pursuit of political objectives within the state structures, especially in the security apparatus, is absolutely crucial to deal with the threats of violent extremism,” Salarzai declared.
Wednesday’s Council debate was on “Countering the rratives and Ideologies of Terrorism.” But Salarzai said in Afghanistan’s case the focus should instead be on the initiation, ebling, and facilitation role of political actors and their use of radical ideology for short term gains.” Tracing the antecedents of the current terrorist organisations, he said, “The creation of the Taliban in Afghanistan in 1994 opened the current tragic chapter of terrorism in the world. Before the crafting of the Taliban, terror in its current behavior and form was little known to the world. The Taliban came into existence before groups like aI-Qaida, aI-Shabab, Boko Haram and Daish gained notoriety.”
To drive home Pakistan’s role in promoting the Taliban and setting off the chain reaction of global terror, he diplomatically posed a series of rhetorical questions: “So the question is how and why did the Taliban come into being? We need to ask ourselves how did they learn to drive tanks and fly jets overnight, stage conventiol warfare, and capitalize on prolonged political conflict in our country? Who trained them? Who provided them with supplies? Who finced them? Who provided them with safe havens and orchestrated their spring offensives year after year?” (IANS)