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India calls for isolating Pakistan in UNGA

Strengthening its bid to isolate Pakistan at International level, India lashed out to its neighbor by openly accusing it of peddling terrorism; and calling out for the global isolation.

Speaking at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj hit out at Pakistan for fostering terrorism and terror activities against India. Accusing Pakistan of terrorist activities Ms Swaraj stated, “there are nations that still speak the language of terrorism, that nurture it, peddle it and export it and should have no place in the comity of nations” since Pakistan is the is “as culpable as the very terrorists they harbour”.

She also was blunt in her retort about Pakistan’s bid to draw attention to the ‘Kashmir issue.’ Giving a open and firm replay she stated, “Abandon this dream… Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of India and will always remain so.”

Ms Swaraj on other hand took up the issue of human rights violation in Balochistan saying that instead of discussing Kashmir issue, Pakistan should instead introspect on its own outrageous abuses meted out on its own people. She said, “Those accusing others of human rights violations would do well to introspect and see what egregious abuses they are perpetrating in their own country, including in Balochistan. The brutality against the Baloch people represents the worst form of state oppression. Those who live in glass houses should not throw stones at others.”

She also pointed out that India’s previous attempts at peace talks with Pakistan have nee a consistent failure due to its act of terrorism. Despite of several attempts made by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Pakistan has disappointed India. “And what did we get in return? Pathankot, Bahadur Ali and Uri. Bahadur Ali is a terrorist in our custody whose confession is living proof of Pakistan’s complicity in cross-border terror. But when confronted with such evidence, Pakistan remains in denial. It persists in the belief that such attacks will enable it to obtain the territory it covets. My firm advice to Pakistan is: abandon this dream. Let me state unequivocally that Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of India and will always remain so,” she asserted.

“In our midst, there are nations that still speak the language of terrorism, that nurture it, peddle it, and export it. To shelter terrorists has become their calling card. We must identify these nations and hold them to account,” she added.

Emphasizing Pakistan’s inclination to foster terrorism and nurturing the terrorists, she said that the terrorists like Hafiz Saeed are freely moving about in the country. “These nations, in which UN-designated terrorists roam freely, lead processions and deliver their poisonous sermons of hate with impunity, are as culpable as the very terrorists they harbor. Such countries should have no place in the comity of nations…And if any nation refuses to join this global strategy (against terrorism), then we must isolate it,” she stated.

She stated that the Uri terror attack was very much akin to the other worldwide terror attacks such as that of Dhaka to Kabul, Paris and Mogadishu. “We must acknowledge that terrorism is undoubtedly the biggest violation of human rights… History proves that those who seed extremist ideologies reap a bitter harvest. The germ of evil has grown into a hydra-headed monster, backed by technological sophistication that threatens the peace and harmony of our world. We will not be able to win against terrorism by making specious distinctions between your problems and mine, between terrorists who attack you and those who attack me. For, we do not know who this Frankenstein’s monster will devour next,” she stated.

External Affairs Minister concluded her speech calling out for the need to pass the Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism (CCIT) and the necessity to include new members into its Security Council keeping up with the reality of the current turbulent situation. “The CCIT was proposed by India in 1996. In 2016, despite the passage of two decades, we are yet to come to a conclusion. As a result, we are unable to develop a norm under which terrorists shall be prosecuted or extradited. Therefore, it is my appeal that this General Assembly acts with fresh resolve and urgency to adopt this critical convention” she said.

Ms Swraj also informed UNGA that India will be submitting the rectified Paris climate change treaty on 2 October, which is the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.

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