Stop dreaming about Kashmir: India tells Pakistan

India's Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj addresses the United Nations General Assembly in the Manhattan borough of New York, Sep 26, 2016. Reuters

India’s Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj addresses the United Nations General Assembly in the Manhattan borough of New York, Sep 26, 2016.

In a strong reply to Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s address to the UN General Assembly last week, Sushma on Monday hit out at the neighbour on the issue of terrorism and raked up the “human rights violations” in Balochistan.

She told the world body that India had offered an unconditional hand of friendship to Pakistan but got cross-border terror attacks in return.

“And what did we get in return? Pathankot, Bahadur Ali, and Uri,” she said in her speech in Hindi.

In his address to the UNGA, Nawaz last week praised Burhan Wani, the Hizbul Mujahideen commander, whose killing has triggered a fresh wave of deadly unrest in Jammu and Kashmir.

The Pakistan prime minister said his country wanted to have better ties with India and was open to an unconditional dialogue to resolve all issues, including Kashmir.

But Sushma rebutted the claim that India has put any conditions for talks “which are not acceptable to him”.

“What pre-conditions? Did we impose any pre-conditions before extending an invitation for the swearing-in ceremony of our government? We took the initiative to resolve issues not on the basis of conditions, but on the basis of friendship. We conveyed Eid greetings to the Prime Minister of Pakistan, wished success to his cricket team, extended good wishes for his health and well being.

“Our Prime Minister (Narendra Modi) went to Lahore to wish Nawaz Sharif on his birthday. Did all this come with conditions attached?”

She then listed out recent terror attacks India has blamed on Pakistan.

The external affairs minister said the confession of Bahadur Ali, who was captured after a shootout in Kashmir, “is a living proof of Pakistan’s complicity in cross-border terror. But when confronted with such evidence, Pakistan remains in denial”.

She said Pakistan was under the mistaken belief that it can capture Kashmir with such attacks.

“My firm advice to Pakistan is: Abandon this dream. Let me state unequivocally that Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of India and will always remain so.”

In an indirect reference to Pakistan, she said there are countries that “speak the language of terror, nurture it, peddle it, and export it” and urged the UN General Assembly to isolate any nation that do not join in the fight against terror.

She also called upon the world body to unite in its fight against those who “seed” extremist ideologies.

“The germ of evil has grown into a hydra-headed monster, backed by technological sophistication that threatens the peace and harmony of our world.” She said, adding that “If we want to defeat terrorism, there is only one way – that we unite across our differences.”

She said nations that peddle terror must be identified and that such countries should be held to account.

Clearly referring to Pakistan, Sushma said: “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.”

“We must acknowledge that terrorism is undoubtedly the biggest violation of human rights,” she added.

Source: Bd news24


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