External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Saturday launched a blistering attack on Pakistan for providing safe haven to terrorism and its verbal duplicity, as she delivered her speech at the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly in New York. She said that Pakistan has also betrayed the US after it provided shelter to 9/11 perpetrator Osama Bin Laden. She said Laden was killed by US forces later but 26/11 mastermind Hafiz Sayeed is still roaming free in Pakistan. Swaraj’s speech at the global stage comes at a time when India has been trying to get a permanent seat at the UN. This also comes amid the recent killing of 3 policemen in Kashmir even as Pakistan invited foreign ministers of India for a talk. While addressing the assembly, the external affairs minister flayed Pakistan for foiling the peace talks every time with its own behaviour.
Swaraj and her Pakistani counterpart Shah Mehmood Qureshi were slated to meet on the sidelines of the ongoing UN General Assembly session in New York. However, India called off the meeting last week citing the brutal killing of three policemen in J&K and Islamabad releasing postage stamps “glorifying” slain Kashmiri militant Burhan Wani.
Swaraj, who reached New York last Saturday, had addressed the General Debate last year as well. Speaking at a SAARC meeting on the sidelines of the UNGA session, she called for efforts to eliminate terrorism in all its forms. She also participated in several bilateral and multilateral meetings with her global counterparts, as well as met top UN officials. However, Swaraj had left the SAARC meeting early, in a move that was seen as a snub to Pakistan.