Updated: September 27, 2016 12:39:18 pm
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Monday said Pakistan should stop dreaming about Kashmir, which is an integral part of India. She was addressing the 71st UN General Assembly in New York. “My firm advice to Pakistan is: abandon this dream. Jammu & Kashmir is an integral part of India and will always remain so,” Swaraj told the Assembly. Responding to Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s comments at the UNGA a few days back, she said India had attempted a paradigm of friendship without any precedent.
“Did we impose any pre-condition before extending an invitation for the oath-taking ceremony of our government? Did we impose any pre-condition when I went to Islamabad for the Heart of Asia conference and agreed to begin the Comprehensive Bilateral Dialogue? Did we impose any pre-condition when Prime Minister Modi travelled from Kabul to Lahore?” She said India took the initiative to resolve issues “not on the basis of conditions, but on the basis of friendship.”
“We conveyed Eid greetings. Wished his cricket team good luck. What did we get in return? Pathankot, Uri. I want to ask: are we putting conditions or are you going in opposite direction..”
Swaraj said India, which has just suffered the Uri attack can understand the pain of 9/11 for which the world marked the 15th anniversary this month. “These malevolent forces are yet to be confronted. Terrorism is the biggest violation of human rights. It targets the innocent and kills everyone indiscriminately,” she said, questioning how it is important to ask who is behind this as terrorists don’t own banks.
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“Who provides the financial backing to them, who funds them…history proves that those who promote extremist ideologies reap no benefits,” she said, adding that it only threatens the peace and harmony of the world. “It is impossible to make distinctions between your problem and mine. We need to join to script an effective strategy against terror. It is not impossible provided we have the will.”
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