Afghanistan on Monday urged the United Nations Security Council to focus on peace and security in the war-torn country.
The urge was made by Nazifullah Salarzai, the deputy permanent representative of Afghanistan to the international body, during a debate on the protection of critical infrastructure from attacks from terrorist attacks.
Emphasizing on the importance of infrastructure, Salarzai said that any attack on it manifests in ”irreparable harm on the very social fabric of society.”
“The protection of physical and social infrastructure should, therefore, comprise a key component of any strategy for ensuring peaceful and stable societies,” he said.
Salarzai said that extremists are attacking “our political and legal institutions; mosques and schools; health and medical facilities; and other soft targets.”
According to him, Afghan government is working to implement 18 cooperation and investment projects in the areas of energy, transport, trade as well as in the commercial and labor sectors, which, he said, may be vulnerable to terror attacks.
Commenting on the nature of conflict in Afghanistan, Salarzai said that it is not home-grown.
“It roots lie elsewhere, outside Afghanistan, emanating from a strategic design crafted from within our region to advance ill-fated political agenda, which serves no one, defies international law and constitutes a blatant violation of the very spirit and tenets of the UN Charter,” he said.
The protection of infrastructure gets an emphasis as the Afghan government recently announced that the Taliban damaged or destroyed 302 schools, 41 health centres, 50 mosques, six bridges, 123 kilometres of road and 5,305 houses in two months.