UNITED NATIONS  - Pakistan Permanent Representative to the United Nations Ambassador Abdullah Hussain Haroon told the UN Security Council that his country’s “restraint” in reacting to the recent killings and beheading of Pakistani soldiers in a cross-border raid from Afghanistan “should not be taken for granted”.

Participating in the Security Council debate on Afghanistan on Wednesday, Ambassador Haroon said, “Preventing recurrence of such incidents is absolutely imperative and safe havens in Afghanistan must be dissuaded”.

He said the latest attack in which 17 Pakistani security personnel lost their lives took place from across the border where there is sizeable international presence.

“It is a grave incident, which unfortunately is not unprecedented. Our response to such attacks is always through official channels, “he said.

Referring to the Secretary General’s report which enumerated many challenges to the Afghan peace and reconciliation process and characterised progress on reconciliation “slow and uneven”, he emphasised that a long-term solution to challenges in Afghanistan lies in a sustainable reconciliation process.

Expressing his country’s firm commitment towards Afghan-led and Afghan-owned reconciliation process, he said Pakistan remains steadfast to a peaceful and stable Afghanistan as peaceful Afghanistan is in Pakistan’s own national interest. “For Pakistan, Kabul is the most important capital of the world”, he said.