Updated: September 27, 2016 12:29:49 pm
After External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj’s UN General Assembly speech on Monday, several political leaders, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, reacted to her speech. The PM praised her speech saying that she had made “firm, effective and fine articulation” of several important issues. The PM took to Twitter saying, “Congrats to EAM @SushmaSwaraj for a firm, effective & fine articulation of a wide range of global issues at UNGA,” shortly after Swaraj delivered the address.
Several political leaders reacted to the speech made by Sushma Swaraj at UNGA. Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut said, “Nothing will happen by giving speeches at UN. We can’t even name Pakistan.Why? Nawaz Sharif names us.”
While opposition leader Shashi Tharoor said that it was a “well written speech”, Manish Tewari said that the entire country wanted to know what step the NDA government would take to “change Pakistan’s behaviour”.
Congress leader Shashi Tharoor said, “I think the thrust of the message was a good one and that Indians can stand behind the message. Like all MEA drafted speeches it was a well crafted and well written speech.”
Congress’ Manish Tewari said, “The world has known for the last 25-30 years now that Pakistan is a net exporter of terror. What is unknown is what the NDA Govt is going to do to change Pakistan’s behaviour, the country wants to know this from the PM.”
I&B Minister for state, Rajyavardhan Rathore said, “EAM brought it out clearly, Pak should stop day dreaming & look at human rights violations in their territory.”
Swaraj, in a sharp rebuke to Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s “tirade” on Kashmir, said those accusing others of rights violations must introspect. She censured Pakistan for the first time at the UNGA for perpetrating the “worst form of state oppression” in Balochistan.
Taking a veiled dig at Pakistan, the External Affairs Minister said there are nations “in our midst” where UN designated terrorists roam freely and deliver “their poisonous sermons of hate with impunity”, an apparent reference to Mumbai attack mastermind and Jamaat-ud-Dawa chief Hafiz Saeed.
She also made a strong pitch for isolating such nations who speak the language of terrorism and for whom sheltering terrorists has become “their calling card”.
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