GENEVA — India hoped that the terrorist groups such as Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) do not use the territory of Afghanistan as stability in the country is essential for peace and security in the region.

During a special United Nations Human Rights Council session on Afghanistan, India said that a grave humanitarian crisis unfolds while the security situation remains precarious.

“Everyone is concerned about the increasing violations of fundamental rights of Afghan citizens,” said Indra Mani Pandey, India’s Permanent Representative to UN in Geneva.

“Afghans are worried whether their right to live with dignity would be accepted.”

The Human rights council session was held on ‘serious human rights concerns and situation in Afghanistan.

“Stability in Afghanistan is linked to the peace and security in the region,” said Pandey.

“We hope the situation in Afghanistan does not pose a challenge to its neighbors and territory of Afghanistan is not allowed to be used by terrorist groups such as Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) to threaten any other country.”

India also expressed hope for an inclusive and broad-based dispensation in Afghanistan, adding that voices of Afghan women, aspirations of Afghan children, and rights of minorities must be respected.

“A broad-based representation would help the arrangement gain more acceptability and legitimacy,” Pandey said.

He said the international community must ensure full support to the people of Afghanistan in their desire for peace, stability, and security and enable all Afghans, including women, children, and minorities, to live in peace and dignity.

The envoy said thousands of people who have been internally displaced are facing an acute shortage of food, medical care, and shelter.

“The basic rights of civilians, children, and women including freedom of speech and opinion, access to education and medical care have been drastically hampered due to the ongoing situation,” said Pandey.

“We call upon all parties concerned to allow unhindered access to international assistance for all those who require it.”

During the session, top UN human rights official Michelle Bachelet said she had received credible reports of serious violations committed by the Taliban in Afghanistan, including summary executions of civilians and restrictions on women and protests against their rule.

Pandey said that India is closely monitoring the closely evolving situation in Afghanistan.

“As a neighbor of Afghanistan, the current situation in the country is of great concern to India,” he said.

“We are closely monitoring the closely evolving situation in Afghanistan. We continue to call upon the parties concerned to maintain law and order, ensure the safety and security of all, and observe human rights and international humanitarian law.”

Asserting that India has always stood for peaceful, progressive, and prosperous Afghanistan, the envoy said New Delhi had contributed significantly to the country’s development in recent years. That included large infrastructure projects, connectivity, humanitarian assistance, human resource development, capacity building, and High Impact Community Development Projects.

Pandey said India stands ready to assist the people of Afghanistan in fulfilling their aspirations.

“We have undertaken projects in the area of power, water supply, road connectivity, education, agriculture, and capacity building,” he said.

“India has always stood for a peaceful, progressive, and prosperous Afghanistan. We stand ready to assist the people of Afghanistan in fulfilling their aspirations. We hope the situation stabilizes soon and parties concerned address humanitarian and security issues.”

(With inputs from ANI)

Edited by Saptak Datta and Ritaban Misra

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