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Sushma Swaraj raises Balochistan at UN, says Pakistan peddles terrorism

Addressing the UN General Assembly, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said countries which do not want to join the fight against terrorism should be “isolated”.

Written by Shubhajit Roy | New Delhi |
Updated: September 27, 2016 12:32:50 pm
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Seeking to isolate Pakistan on the world stage, India Monday told the United Nations that there are nations that still speak the language of terrorism and, nurture, peddle and export the menace, “the biggest violation of human rights”.

Addressing the UN General Assembly, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said countries which do not want to join the fight against terrorism should be “isolated”. She also censured Pakistan for perpetrating the “worst form of state oppression” in Balochistan — this is the first time an Indian External Affairs Minister has raised the issue of Balochistan at the UNGA.

WATCH VIDEO: Sushma Swaraj Hits Out At Pakistan In Her UNGA Address: Analysing Her Speech

“In our midst, there are nations that still speak the language of terrorism, that nurture it, peddle it, and export it… Those who seed extremist ideologies, reap a bitter harvest. This germ of evil has grown into a hydra-headed monster,” Swaraj said.

“Terrorism is the biggest violation of human rights, a crime against humanity itself. But we must ask, who benefits? If any country does not want to fight against terrorism, we should isolate them,” she told the UNGA, in a speech punctuated by applause.

Responding to Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s accusation of human rights violations in Kashmir, she said that those accusing others of human rights violations would do well to introspect and see their own egregious abuses. “Those who live in glass houses should not throw stones at others,” she said.

“My firm advice to Pakistan is: abandon this dream. Jammu & Kashmir is an integral part of India and will always remain so,” she said.

 

Swaraj also exhorted 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 UNSC to reflect contemporary realities which is an urgent necessity.

She also took on Sharif’s claim that India had imposed pre-conditions for talks. “What pre-conditions, Mr Prime
Minister? We have, in fact, attempted a paradigm of friendship without precedent.”

She said that India, however, got Pathankot, Uri and Bahadur Ali in response to its offer of friendship to Pakistan. She was referring to the two terrorist attacks this year and a captured terrorist from Pakistan.

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