India has once again raised its voice in the United Nations by continuing the fight against terrorism. India on Wednesday said that the international fraternity should not ignore the ease with which the Haqqani network and its supporters, particularly Pakistan authorities, have worked with terrorist organizations in South Asia. India also said that the UN chief’s report on the Islamic State should also contain the activities of Lashkar-e-Taiba and Jaish-e-Mohammed, who carry out attacks from their shelters in Pakistan.
The UN Security Council discussed the ‘threat to international peace and security from terrorist activities’ and considered the Secretary-General Antonio Gutare’s 12th Report on the threat posed by ISIL on international peace and security. The report said that it is estimated that there are currently 1000–2000 combatants of the Islamic State in Iraq and Levant Khorasan (ISIL-K) in Afghanistan.
According to the report, Shihab al-Muhajir, who was announced as the new leader of this organization in June 2020, allegedly leads ISIL in countries of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Maldives, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Central Asia. He is said to have had connections with the Haqqani network earlier.
Targeting Pakistan, India’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, said, “It is necessary that the ease with which the banned Haqqani network, and especially its supporters in the Pakistani authorities, led critical terrorists like Al Qaeda, ISIL-K, Tehreek-e-Taliban We have worked with organizations, do not let it disappear from the eyes.
“Al Qaeda, Haqqani Network, Jaish-e-Mohammed and Lashkar-e-Taiba flourish and carry out their activities in Afghanistan and Pakistan without any fear,” he said. He said India is of the view that this report on ISIL should also include the activities of banned terrorist organizations like Lashkar-e-Taiba and Jaish-e-Mohammed under ISIL and Al Qaeda sanctions system.