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Sushma Swaraj at UNGA: ‘Kashmir an integral part of India, Pakistan must stop dreaming about it’

In her much awaited speech at the United Nation General Assembly, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Monday said that terrorism is the biggest violation of human rights.

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External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj at United Nations General Assembly. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

In a strong reply to Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Monday said that India has never set any condition for dialogues but has only tried to strengthen ties, “but in return has got Pathankot, Uri, Bahadur Ali”.

Without mentioning Pakistan, Swaraj said countries have to come together to fight the scourge of terrorism, if some country is not willing then it must be isolated. She also asserted that terrorism is the biggest violation of human rights.

Referring to the recent attacks in Valley, Swaraj said Kashmir is an integral part of India and Pakistan must stop dreaming about it. In an indirect reference to Balochistan, Swaraj said those who live in glass house should not throw stones at others.

Earlier, outlining India’s focus for the UN General Assembly session, New Delhi’s envoy to the UN Syed Akbaruddin said terrorism is the primary concern for India as well as for nations across the world. External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Vikas Swarup also said that one can also expect a continued focus from India on the theme of terrorism which is today undoubtedly the single biggest challenge to international peace and security.

Exercising the Right of Reply to Sharif’s tirade about the Kashmir, First Secretary in the Permanent Mission of India to the UN Eenam Gambhir had said that the worst violation of human rights is terrorism. She said Pakistan is home to the ‘Ivy League of Terrorism’ and a terrorist state that commits war crimes by using terrorism as an instrument of state policy.

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