India wanted friendship, we got Pathankot and Uri: Sushma Swaraj censures Pak at UNGA

Swaraj sent Pakistan a blunt message on Kashmir: “Abandon this dream... Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of India and will always remain so.”

Written by Shubhajit Roy | New Delhi | Updated: September 27, 2016 12:30 pm
sushma swaraj, unga, sushma swaraj unga speech, pakistan, india pakistan, pakistan terrorism, pakistani terrorists, swaraj unga, unga pakistan, uri attack, pathankot attack, nawaz sharif, pm sharif, swaraj pakistan terrorism, balochistan, un general assembly, indian express news, india news, latest news, terrorism in india Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj addresses the United Nations General Assembly. (Source: Reuters)

Seeking to isolate Pakistan on the world stage, India Monday told the United Nations “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” because they are “as culpable as the very terrorists they harbour”.

Raising the issue of human rights violations in Balochistan — possibly the first time at the UN General Assembly by an Indian foreign minister — External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj countered Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s statements on Kashmir and said “terrorism is undoubtedly the biggest violation of human rights”.

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She also sent Pakistan a blunt message on Kashmir: “Abandon this dream… Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of India and will always remain so.”

“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,” Swaraj said to a round of applause.

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Taking on Sharif for claiming that India was insisting on pre-conditions for resumption of the dialogue process, the External Affairs Minister cited India’s initiatives from Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s invitation to Sharif for his swearing-in ceremony to his Lahore trip.

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“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.”

“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 told the UNGA.

READ | Excerpts from Sushma Swaraj’s speech at UNGA

Referring to Pakistan where terrorists like Hafiz Saeed roam freely, she said, “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.”

“And if any nation refuses to join this global strategy (against terrorism), then we must isolate it,” she said, adding that India, which has suffered in Uri recently, understood the pain inflicted by the same forces. In this context, she named terror attacks from Dhaka to Kabul, Paris to Mogadishu.

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“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.”

Swaraj also urged the UNGA to act on two critical unfulfilled tasks: First, passing the Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism (CCIT), which has been pending for two decades, and second, an expansion in the membership of the Security Council to reflect contemporary realities.

“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, making a pitch for CCIT.

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    George.Cruz
    Sep 27, 2016 at 12:01 am
    SWISSmaji, next time you should accompany Shri Modiji to Nawaz Sharif's birthday. Please take off from managing the Liechtenstein Bank accounts of BJP.
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      khan
      Sep 27, 2016 at 1:11 am
      The Foreign Office of stan on Monday said Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj had disowned the United Nations Security Council resolution on Kashmir by calling it an integral part of India in her speech at the UN General embly.lt;br/gt;“Can the Indian EAM explain if Kashmir is an ‘integral part of India, then why it is on the agenda of Security Council,” Foreign Office spokesman Nafees Zakaria said on Twitter.“Strange that the Indian EAM is disowning the UNSC resolution and that too at the UN,” Zakaria said in another Tweet.
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        Michellegt;Vedicgt;human
        Sep 27, 2016 at 4:53 am
        The starting point of PORKISTAN terrorism:---Looking back into the original history,---prior to 1947 there was no such thing as stan,--means stan itself occupying Indian land and are slaves of WAHABIS of Saudi Arabia after conversion living in denial of being descendants of Hindu ancestory and one such example is Mohammed Jinna born MOHANDALI JINNAHBHAI POONJA himself who was a son of MITHI BEN PUNJA and JINNAHBHAI POONJA a Hindu from Gujarat,---can't digest the fact being Hindu ancestory with running blood makes PORKIS frustrated and turns to become terrorist----that's the end of story and the rest is history.
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          Neil
          Sep 27, 2016 at 2:07 am
          Indian diplomacy is again making mistakes.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;There should be only one strategy and word used to define stan that is 'terror' .lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;If you use everything else like insurgency, militancy, separatist will dilute the isolation of stan on global stage.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Any acts which results in loss of Indian life with direct or indirect stan involvement is an act of terror.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Don't give leeway to stan to make its argument.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Next clearly define standard operating procedures and counter measures authorized when faced with such acts.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;This way we will have the right to respond and world will understand.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Again link stan,terror,jihad ISIS, exporter of terror and in one sentence.
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            Adnan
            Sep 29, 2016 at 3:56 am
            To all my Indian Brothers lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;where were your agencies and security insutions and why they are unable to stop attacks from stan lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;when ever stan wants they can attack you easily lt;br/gt;Ok stan is a terrorist state but you guys should ask your agencies and government too that why you are not able to guard us from such attacks lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Think about it
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              Karthik
              Sep 27, 2016 at 3:12 am
              "roam freely, lead processions and deliver their poisonous sermons of hate with impunity," So what about the BJP and RSS goons who do the same in India? Those who spew venomous sermons in front of large crowds and instigate hatred and violence. What have you done about that? How many times have the minions in the crowds have responded to calls of such violence. Mind about what's happening back home before you criticize the neighbour.
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                Karthik
                Sep 27, 2016 at 4:26 am
                I notice that you haven't denied that RSS-BJP don't do that. You accept their behavior in another name and continue to be okay with that.
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                  Karthik
                  Sep 27, 2016 at 6:18 am
                  Thank you for accepting my point. Yes, Owaisi also comes in the same bracket. That "some persons" you have mentioned in the comment, what is our judicial system doing to them? They spread their hatred and still remain scot free. When that is the case, it is pure hypocrisy to tell other countries to get their act right. I seriously don't know why you mentioned the man-baby Rahul hi. He is just a grown up baby who knows nothing whatsoever.
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