India Calls for Setting up of an Inclusive Structure to Help Promote Regional Stability at UNHCR

On Tuesday, India advocated for an inclusive and broad-based arrangement in Afghanistan that includes all parts of society and stated that terror organizations such as the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and the Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) must not utilize Afghan soil to harm any country.

Indramani Pandey, India’s permanent representative to the United Nations in Geneva, outlined New Delhi’s perspective during a special session of the UN Human Rights Council on the situation in Afghanistan.

Following the fall of the Ashraf Ghani government and the Taliban’s takeover of Kabul on August 15, India has been closely monitoring the security situation in the war-torn country. It has stressed that any future government in Kabul be inclusive and maintain the gains of the previous two decades in order to maintain legitimacy.

 Pandey said during the United Nations Human Rights Council session that “India hopes there is an inclusive and broad-based dispensation which represents all sections of Afghan society”. He added: “Voices of Afghan women, aspirations of Afghan children and the rights of minorities must be respected. A broad-based representation would help the arrangement gain more acceptability and legitimacy”.

Pandey’s remark, like many recent official declarations from India following the Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan, had neither criticism nor direct mention to the insurgent group. He did, however, bring up India’s concerns over the “precarious” security situation in Afghanistan.

The swift control of the country by the Taliban, according to UN human rights director Michelle Bachelet, has “raised grave fears of a return to past patterns of human rights violations, and stoked desperation among many Afghans.” She expressed concern over reports of summary murders of civilians and “hors de combat members of the Afghan national security forces,” as well as restrictions on women’s rights and child army recruitment.

According to Bachelet, it is up to the Taliban to make their promises to defend human rights a reality.

Pandey further stated that the international community must fully support the Afghan people’s aspirations for peace, stability, and security, as well as providing a safe haven for women, children, and minorities.

He stated that as Afghanistan’s neighbor, India is deeply concerned about the current situation in the country.

Pandey also stated that a “grave humanitarian crisis” is unfolding in Afghanistan and that the international community is concerned about escalating breaches of Afghan residents’ fundamental rights. He stated, “Afghans are worried about whether their right to live with dignity would be respected.”

Thousands of internally displaced people are in desperate need of food, medical care, and shelter, and the current scenario has severely restricted civilians’, children’s, and women’s basic rights, such as freedom of expression and opinion, access to education, and medical care.

India has made considerable contributions to Afghanistan’s development in recent years, according to the ambassador, including massive infrastructure projects and connectivity, humanitarian relief, human resource development, and capacity-building, and smaller high-impact community development projects.

This comprises initiatives in essential areas like power, water supply, road connections, health care, education, and agriculture, with Indian development endeavors spanning Afghanistan’s 34 provinces. During the Covid-19 outbreak, India also sent 75,000 tonnes of wheat to Afghanistan to help with food shortages.

With contributions totaling about $3 billion, India was the greatest regional donor to Afghanistan. Following the Taliban takeover, India withdrew its envoy and diplomatic staff from Kabul last week, and evacuated roughly 620 people from Afghanistan, the majority of them were Indian nationals.

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