press trust of india
UNITED NATIONS, 21 JUNE: Top diplomats from Afghanistan and Pakistan engaged in verbal sparring during a discussion on cross-border terrorism and presence of terrorist safe havens, at the UN Security Council here.
“The fact remains: so long as terrorist sanctuaries continue to exist in Pakistan’s soil and some elements continue to use terrorism as an instrument of foreign policy, peace will not prevail, neither in Afghanistan, nor in the region,” Afghan Ambassador to the UN, Zahir Tanin, told the 15-member body during a special Security Council discussion on Afghanistan, yesterday.
“We also are very concerned with ongoing border shelling; this constitutes a serious threat to Afghan sovereignty and the prospect of friendly relations between our two countries,” Mr Tanin said referring to the recent exchange of fire across the Af-Pak border.
Pakistani Ambassador to the UN, Masood Khan, later was sharper in his response.“I reject most emphatically Ambassador Tanin’s argument ~root, trunk and branch ~ that terrorist sanctuaries exist in Pakistan,” Mr Khan said.“By using such arguments, you cast aspersions on our sincerity,” he said.