NEW YORK – Indian External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj on Monday directed series of basless allegations against Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s “tirade” on Kashmir at the UN General Assembly and asked him to look at what is happening in Balochistan.
While urging International community to isolate Pakistan, Sushma Swaraj stated that “countries that nurture, peddle and export terror should have no place in the comity of nations.”
“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,” Swaraj asserted.
“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 harbour. Such countries should have no place in the comity of nations,” Swaraj said, in essence making a call to the international community to isolate such nations. “The terror apparatus that was behind 26/11 and Uri was also behind a number of terror attacks all over the world,” she said.
Referring to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s recent speech at the UNGA, Sushma claimed that the PM Nawaz made baseless allegations of human rights violations in India. “I can only say that 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 minister said. “The brutality against the Baloch people represents the worst form of state oppression.”
Swaraj said Prime Minister Narendra Modi had offered the hand of friendship to Pakistan by inviting his counterpart Nawaz Sharif to his swearing-in ceremony in May 2014, and also visiting Lahore last December in a goodwill gesture.
“But what did we get in return? Pathankot, Uri, Bahadur Ali,” she said, referring to the January 2 terror attack on an air force base in Pathankot that left seven soldiers dead, and the Uri attack of September 18 in which 18 soldiers died, and the capture of Pakistani terrorist Bahadur Ali.
” Bahadur Ali, who was captured in Jammu and Kashmir, is a living example of Pakistan’s cross-border terrorism,” she said.
Sushma also said that Jammu and Kashmir is an unchallengeable part of the country and nobody can wrest it away by force.
“Kashmir is an integral part of India and it will remain an integral part of India. No one can take it away by force,” she said.
Meanwhile, Pakistan’s UN Ambassador Maleeha Lodhi repudiated Sushma’s statement on Monday as “a litany of falsehoods and baseless allegations.”
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