Sushma Flays Pakistan

  • Reiterates Kashmir Integral Part of India

New York: Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj flayed Pakistan for exporting terrorism. Addressing the 71st United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on Monday here, Sushma slammed Pakistan as a terrorist haven. She said India has always been getting terrorism in exchange of friendly gestures.

The External Affairs Minister has reiterated, in response to Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s speech at the UNGA, that Kashmir is an integral part of India and it will forever remain so. She said the Pakistani dream of snatching away Kashmir from India can never be realised. Pakistan which is trying to highlight human rights violations in Kashmir has been perpetrating brutalities in Balochistan, she said. Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorist Bahadur Ali is a living example if Pakistan’s cross border terrorism. She reminded the international community that terrorism is the biggest violation of human rights.

Responding to Sharif’s allegation that India was posing unreasonable conditions for talks, Sushma said, ‘We took the initiatives to resolve the issues not on the basis of conditions, but on the basis of friendship’. Pakistan has been in a denial mode even after producing strong, impeccable evidence to prove the acts of terrorism.

Emphasising the need to implement the Comprehensive Convention in International Terrorism, the External Affairs Minister said the General Assembly should act with fresh resolve and urgency to adopt the convention to develop norms to prosecute and punish the perpetrators of terrorism.

Sushma’s speech was considered by experts in international relations as forceful, well crafted and excellent. Only one fourth of her total time was spent on rebutting Nawaz Sharif’s charges while Sharif had spent two thirds of his speech to attack India. The majority of the experts opined that Sushma’s was a balanced speech. Some experts, however, said the minister could have been more vehement in her criticism. She should have told the GA that India was running out of options and it might be forced to act if there is no change in Pakistan’s attitude, they said. She was addressing both the UN General Assembly as well as the people back home. There is no point in wailing and lamenting that Pakistan has not been cooperating in establishing peace, the experts remarked.

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