Statement of MFA regarding 11th Report of the UN Analytical Support & Sanctions MT concerning the Taliban, other associated individuals &entities constituting threats to the peace, stability & security of Afghanistan with a view to recent media reports
Kabul – 5 June 2020
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan welcomes the Eleventh Report of the United Nations Analytical Support and Sanctions Monitoring Team (MT) concerning the Taliban and other associated individuals and entities constituting threats to the peace, stability and security of Afghanistan. With a view to recent media reports generated as a result of the report, we wish to state the following:
- The Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan rejects the allegation made in a statement by Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Pakistan yesterday with regard to Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and use of Afghanistan territories by a third party to destabilize Pakistan. TTP and its splinter groups have the blood of the Afghan people on their hands and are designated as terrorist organizations in the National Threat Assessment and National Security Policy of Afghanistan. Like other terrorist organizations, TTP has allied itself since its emergence with those fighting the government and people of Afghanistan. Over the past years, a significant number of TTP leaders and operatives have been either taken out in the battle ground or captured and brought to justice in Afghanistan.
- As a victim of terrorism, Afghanistan has striven to play more than its part in the region’s collective fight against this common enemy. The elimination of a number of top TTP leaders and the prosecution and imprisonment of hundreds of foreign fighters from TTP, LeT, JEM, ETIM, IMU, ISIS-K and other transnational terrorist groups are a testament to our strong will and relentless efforts without any distinction in the fight against terrorism. Furthermore, in the interest of transparency and regional cooperation, we have provided access for concerned partner countries to the leaders and operatives of terrorism outfits in our custody. As a cornerstone of our commitment in the fight against terrorism, we have shown it transparently that Afghanistan has never allowed and will never tolerate any acts by any third party, whether state or non-state, to use Afghanistan to destabilize another country. This resolve to fight terrorism relentlessly without distinction flows from the solidarity we feel with all victims of terrorism, whether in Pakistan or India or elsewhere in the world.
- While the fight against regional and international terrorism in all its manifestations must remain a top priority for all responsible states in our region and globally, Afghanistan is also currently pursuing a peace process where we need determined and far-sighted cooperation of all our regional and international partners. We believe it is in the best interest of countries in the region and the international community to support the Afghan peace process as it will bring strategic gains to the international counter-terrorism and regional security efforts. A lasting intra-Afghan peace will deny all foreign fighters and terrorist organizations any symbiotic relation they have established with those who fight against Afghan government and people and with those trans-national criminal organizations that are involved in drugs, weapons and human trafficking. Therefore, it is our earnest expectation that partner countries in the region and beyond will support the Afghan peace process as a key investment in regional and global counter-terrorism and stability.