Sushma Swaraj shames Pakistan at UN on Terrorism and Balochistan


NEW YORK: As expected, External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj on Monday gave a stinging response to Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s “tirade” on Kashmir at the UN General Assembly and asked him to look at what is happening in Balochistan.

It was a rebuttal of an earlier address at the UNGA by Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, in which he praised Burhan Wani, the Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist who killing triggered the fresh round of violence in Kashmir. Under the UNGA’s right to reply, after Mr. Sharif’s address, the Indian diplomatic mission at the UN had then called the neighbouring country the “Ivy League of terror”.
Calling for global isolation of Pakistan, Sushma Swaraj said that “countries that nurture, peddle and export terror should have no place in the comity of nations.”

“In our midst, there are nations that still speak the language of terrorism , that nurture it, peddle it, and export it. To shelter terrorists has become their calling card. We must identify these nations and hold them to account,” Swaraj asserted in her nearly 20-minute speech.

“These nations, in which UN designated terrorists roam freely, lead processions and deliver their poisonous sermons of hate with impunity, are as culpable as the very terrorists they harbour. Such countries should have no place in the comity of nations,” Swaraj said, in essence making a call to the international community to isolate such nations. “The terror apparatus that was behind 26/11 and Uri was also behind a number of terror attacks all over the world,” she said.

Sushma also said that Jammu and Kashmir is an inalienable part of the country and nobody can wrest it away by force.

“Kashmir is an integral part of India and it will remain an integral part of India. No one can take it away by force,” she said.