The UN Security Council’s stand on the Taliban appears to be changing just two weeks after the capture of Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan. The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) has removed the name of Taliban from terrorist activities in its latest statement on the Afghanistan issue. In fact, a day after the capture of Kabul, that is, on August 16, a statement was issued by the UNSC regarding Afghanistan, in which it was appealed to the Taliban not to support terrorism in their region, but now with this statement, the Taliban Name has been removed.
It is important to know here that the President of this month is India, which for the first time is presiding over the entire Security Council and this statement is also signed by India. In the latest statement issued by the UNSC, India has condemned the terrorist attack on the Kabul airport on 26 August. More than 170 people were killed in this terrorist attack, including 13 US soldiers. The Islamic State Khorasan had claimed responsibility for this terrorist attack.
What’s in the August 27 statement
On 27 August, a day after the Kabul attack, India’s Permanent Representative TS Tirumurti issued a statement on behalf of the UNSC Presidency Council, reiterating a paragraph written on 16 August. The paragraph containing this statement read- ‘The members of the Security Council reiterated the importance of combating terrorism in Afghanistan by ensuring that the territory of Afghanistan is not used to threaten or attack any country. and no Afghan group or individual should support terrorists operating in the territory of any country.’
A fortnight is a long time…
The ‘T’ word is gone…🤔
— Syed Akbaruddin (@AkbaruddinIndia) August 28, 2021
What was in the statement of August 16?
This paragraph is also shocking because the Taliban is not named in it. But after the Taliban rule over Kabul, the statement issued by the UNSC on 16 August had the name of the Taliban in its paragraph. “The members of the Security Council noted the importance of combating terrorism in Afghanistan by ensuring that the territory of Afghanistan is not used to threaten or attack any country,” the August 16 statement said. And neither the Taliban nor any other Afghan group or individual should support terrorists operating in the territory of any other country.
The change was first pointed out by Syed Akbaruddin, the former Permanent Representative of India via Twitter. Akbaruddi shared a copy of both the statements on his Twitter account and wrote – ‘T’ word has been removed in just 15 days. Let us tell you that this stand from the UNSC has been seen at a time when the Taliban allegedly assisted in the ongoing evacuation process in Afghanistan, allowing people from other countries and Afghans to leave the country.