New York, Sept 22: India, once again, on Thursday hit out hard at Pakistan calling it ‘Terroristan’ at the United Nations General Assembly in New York. “Pakistan is now ‘Terroristan’, with a flourishing industry producing and exporting global terror,” said India’s First Secretary to the UN, Eenam Gambhir on Thursday. This is another attack in the series of attacks that India has been making at UNGA on ‘Pakistan sponsored terror’. (Here’s the full text)
From External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj talking about nuclear proliferation between North Korea and Pakistan and making veiled attacks on the country, to Eenam Gambhir calling Pakistan ‘a geography synonymous with terror’, India has been vocal at the UNGA against the neighbouring nation.
On Wednesday, Sushma Swaraj while speaking at the BRICS’ ministerial meet on sidelines of the UNGA, launched a veiled attack on Pakistan, implicitly accusing it of sustaining and harbouring terrorists. “Terror groups draw sustenance from support systems in South Asia. They continue to find support and shelter in countries which use terrorism as an instrument of state policy,” Swaraj said. “We must condemn efforts, including by states, to use religion to justify, sustain and sponsor terrorism against other countries,” she added.
During the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO), too, Swaraj spoke out against terrorism, saying, “India strongly condemns terrorism in all its forms and manifestations. There can be no justification for any acts of terrorism.”
On Tuesday, at her trilateral meeting with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and her Japanese counterpart Taro Kono, Swaraj also sought a probe into nuclear proliferation links between Pakistan and North Korea. “External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj deplored North Korea’s recent actions and stated that its proliferation linkages must be explored and those involved must be held accountable,” External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said at a news conference in New York after the meeting during the ongoing United Nations General Assembly session. Without naming Pakistan directly, he said, “I think I am giving you enough material to try to figure out what we are talking about.”
Swaraj is set to deliver an address at UNGA on Saturday. It is being said that she will yet again speak of India’s stand against terrorism and may make another attack on Pakistan for providing ‘safe haven’ to terrorist organisations. India has made it clear that “Pakistan cannot cry victim when it has protected the likes of Osama Bin Laden and Mullah Omar”.