Sushma Swaraj in UN: Such countries (Pakistan) should have no place in global community

“Did we impose any conditions when we invited the PM to the oath taking ceremony? Did we impose any preconditions when Modi travelled from Kabul to Lahore?,” asked Swaraj.

Written by Sarah Stella Salvadore | New York | Updated: September 27, 2016 12:38 pm
Sushma Swaraj, Sushma Swaraj UN, UN speech, , sushma swaraj UN speech, nawaz sharif, uri attack, uri, pakistan, kashmir, kashmir pakistan, india news Accusing Pakistan of “ignoring evidence” of state sponsored terror, Swaraj spoke of LeT terrorist Bahadur Ali, caught by security personnel on July 25. (Reuters Photo)

Hitting out at Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Shrarif for using “this same podium” to make baseless allegation against human rights violations in Kashmir, External Affairs minister Sushma Swaraj today called for the international community to isolate Pakistan. “Amongst us there are nations that pedal it and shelter it (terror). We must identify these nations, and such countries should have no place in the global community,” said Swaraj speaking at the United Nations General Assembly here in New York.

Responding to Sharif’s allegations that India places pre-conditions on talks, Swaraj invoked the various overtures of friendship made by the Modi government in the past. “Did we impose any conditions when we invited the PM to the oath taking ceremony? Did we impose any preconditions when Modi travelled from Kabul to Lahore?,” asked Swaraj.

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Claiming that Pakistan abused India’s friendship, Swaraj said, “We wished the Pakistani PM for Eid, wished their cricket team and asked after the well-being of the PM. This was never done before. And what did we get in return? Pathankot, Bahadur Ali and Uri? Are we putting conditions or you going in another direction?”

Accusing Pakistan of “ignoring evidence” of state sponsored terror, Swaraj spoke of LeT terrorist Bahadur Ali, caught by security personnel on July 25. “When confronted, with such evidence Pakistan remains in denial.”

Kashmir featured strongly in the External Affairs minister’s speech. “Those making allegation (of human rights violations), I urge them to see what’s happening in Balochistan. That’s the worst form of state oppression,” hit out Swaraj, adding, that “Jammu and Kashmir will remain an integral part of India.”

Delivering her speech in Hindi, Swaraj also called the global community to look into terror havens and financers. “Who is behind this (terror) and who own this. Terrorists don’t own banks or arms factors, who finances them and provides them with sanctuary?” she asked, adding, “History proves that those who see extremist ideology, reap bitter harvest.” She also asked world leaders to come together to jointly fight terror. “If you want to defeat terror, we have to forget our prejudices, and script an effective strategy again terror.”


Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s various development schemes also featured prominently in Swaraj’s UN speech. Swaraj said these initiatives were in line with the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Agenda of 2030. “Under the Swach Bharat mission, more than 400,000 toilets were constructed in schools.”.

The 4th gallery of the United Nations General Assembly Hall saw Indian Americans from New York, come in to watch Swaraj speak. They cheered as Swaraj spoke about Yoga being recognized as an ‘international day’. Chants of Bharat Mata Ki Jai rang out when Swaraj said that Jammu and Kashmir will always be a part of India.

The United Nations Headquarters wore a deserted look. With all heads of state concluding their speeches in the first week of the assembly in session, security has not been as stringent. The first week beginning September 19, saw heavily armed NYPD, Federal Agents and Secret Service swarming the areas from Second Avenue to the United Nations Headquarters. Today, however, their presence was almost nil.

Sarah Salvadore is an independent data and investigative reporter. She is a fellow at the Global Migration Project at Columbia Journalism School

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  1. A
    Sep 26, 2016 at 4:32 pm
    Useless.keep repeating this.Fact is kadhmir is an issue and it needs to be resolved according to the wishes of kashmirisdia cannot compel Pak.Best solution is dialogue only.
    1. D
      Sep 26, 2016 at 5:14 pm
      stan will soon be broken in to 4 pieces insha allah. ye allah ki marzi hai. aameen.
      1. J
        Joseph R Stephen
        Sep 26, 2016 at 5:31 pm
        No wonder stan, China and RUSSIA are forming an alliance.
        1. M
          Sep 26, 2016 at 4:58 pm
          stan is raising the bogey of KASHMIR time and again to conceal misdeeds of military generals and politicians in power. These people are instrumental in repeated terrorist's attack on India so that tension between two countries will continue The military generals and politicians will continue reckless looting of stan. This fact is not realized by illiterate and fool people of stan. So people should kick out and oust these corrupt and non-performing people who are looting the public to am huge wealth resulted in people are forced to live in poverty and backwardness. The irresponsible ministers and generals of stan are repeatedly threatening to India with nuclear attack without visualizing implications of nuclear attack which will completely destroy stan while these corrupt generals and political leaders will flee to foreign countries where they have already made houses with illegal and looted money.
          1. M
            Sep 27, 2016 at 2:22 am
            If China is a SNAKE then stan is VENOM. If CPEC becomes a reality then it will be easy for China to uload its army much closer to our entire western border. Our most immediate priority is to occupy the PoK and thus prevent CPEC, a Chinese Power Extension Cord from Kashgar to Gwader, through its lease-owned territory. China-stan nexus is most dangerous for India
            1. M
              Sep 27, 2016 at 2:21 am
              If enemy of USA is friend of Russia, then betra friends of Russia like Brazil and Vietnam should be our allies. India has to tackle the problem of stan on its own and not rely on other countries to pressurize stan. when one side breaks down, other side is built up. New friends are better than back-stabbing friends. Chanakya Neeti says that a wise enemy is better than a foolish friend. The Recession hit Russia, spiraling stan and fake growth China are desperate in their aggressiveness because none of their leaders understand diplomacy, statesmanship or Economics
              1. R
                Ram Pathak
                Sep 26, 2016 at 5:20 pm
                A very balanced
              2. S
                Shafted mohammed
                Sep 26, 2016 at 3:39 pm
                This was a five star show and I feel bad for stan that they fielded a very poor speaker nawaz sharif and it would have done a lot of good had Raheel sharif spoke as he is the real head of state or would have asked sartaj aziz to speak.
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