India accuses UN for setting Taliban leader free

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UNITED NATIONS: Restating its demand that the Security Council should find ways to control the devastating situation in Afghanistan, India has accused the UN committee on Taliban of allowing the terror group’s leader Mawlawi Haibatullah Akhundzada to escape blame.

India’s Deputy Permanent Representative Tanmaya Lal said on Wednesday, “The fact that the leader of Taliban — a proscribed entity — is not yet designated as a terrorist individual remains a mystery to us”, said Lal as a skeptic on the functioning of the Council’s committee that was supposed to take actions against the Taliban.

“Is it now the thinking that leaders of proscribed entities will not be held accountable for the deeds of the listed groups that they head,” he asked during the Council debate on the Afghanistan.

“Is this how we now intend to address one of the most serious threats to international peace and security?”

The effective implementation of the Security Council sanctions against terrorist organisations “is absolutely essential for it to serve as a strong deterrent to the listed entities and individuals,” he said.

Akhundzada took over the leadership of the Taliban terror group after succeeding Mullah Akhtar Mohammed Mansou, who was killed by a US drone strike.

Lal also blamed the UN committee that deals with sanctions against the Taliban of covering up its inaction under a veil of secrecy to avoid its members having to be held accountable.


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