Monday, January 17, 2022

UNSC to hold emergency meet on Afghanistan

A day after the Taliban took over the control of Afghanistan’s Capital city Kabul forcing the embattled President Ashraf Ghani to flee the country, the United Nations Security Council under India’s Presidency scheduled an emergency meeting on Afghanistan today at 7:30 pm (IST). This will be the UNSC’s second meeting on Afghanistan under India’s presidency.

India’s Permanent Ambassador to UN T S Tirumurti took to Twitter and informed the same.

“UN Security Council to meet on Afghanistan. Indian Presidency will convene briefing and consultations on Afghanistan tomorrow 16th August at 10 am (local time),” Ambassador Tirumurti tweeted.

Permanent Mission of Estonia and Permanent Mission of Norway to United Nations as penholders requested UNSC for an emergency meeting on Afghanistan.

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres will brief council members on the development in Afghanistan. The UN Secretary-General on Monday expressed deep concern about the situation in Afghanistan and urged the radical outfit- Taliban to immediately stop their atrocities in Afghanistan.

“Conflict in Afghanistan is forcing of thousands to flee amid reports of serious human rights violation. All abuses must stop. International humanitarian law and human rights, especially the hard-won gains of women and girls, must be preserved,” said the UN Secretary-General.

The Pakistan-backed Islamic terrorist force- Taliban earlier on Sunday swept into Afghanistan’s Capital Kabul and seizes control of the abandoned Presidential Palace. The group had been making rapid advances following the US withdrawal from the country. According to media reports, President Ashraf Ghani fled the country after Taliban fighters showed up on the outskirts of Kabul demanding transfer of power.

Later the former Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani upon his departure from the country issued a statement. In order to avoid the bleeding flood, I thought it was best to get out, Ghani said.

“Taliban have won the judgment of sword and guns and now they are responsible for protecting the countrymen’s honor, wealth, and self-esteem. Never in history has dry power given legitimacy to anyone and won’t give it to them,” he added.
On the other hand, a number of protests were organized by the Afghan diaspora in different countries against Pakistan for their role in supporting the Taliban.

According to reports, protesters also called to sanction Pakistan for their proxy war in Afghanistan. The Afghanistan government has so far been pointing fingers at Pakistan for providing military support to the Taliban. Earlier during the Security Council’s briefing on August 6, the Afghan envoy to United Nations Ghulam M. Isaczai slammed Pakistan for supplying logistic support to the radical outfit.

“Importantly, the Taliban continue to enjoy a safe haven in and supply and logistics line extended to their war machine from Pakistan,” the Afghan Envoy to the UN said.

Following the Taliban’s seizing power in Afghanistan, a desperate scene has been witnessed from Kabul Airport today. The US troops fired shots in the air as thousands of civilians crowded the airport in a hope of catching a flight. Various footage posted on social media showed people running on the tarmac of Kabul international airport and trying to clamber already overcrowded aircraft. According to the media reports, five people were killed at the airport.

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