New York, Sep 26: Taking forward India’s counter offensive against Pakistan, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj delivered a fiery speech at the 71st session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). In her 18-minute long address at UNGA, Sushma Swaraj targeted Pakistan over atrocity in Balochistan and terrorism. Responding to Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s speech in which he raised the issue of ongoing unrest in Kashmir, Sushma Swaraj asked the neighbour to stop dreaming about Kashmir and introspect.
Targeting Pakistan squarely, Sushma Swaraj 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 always will be. Pakistan should stop dreaming about Kashmir,” said Sushma Swaraj in her speech. Hitting back at Pakistan for raising issue of violence in Kashmir at UN, Sushma Swaraj said, “those accusing others of human rights violations would do well to introspect & see their own egregious abuses.” “The brutality against the Baloch people represents the worst form of State oppression,” she added. (ALSO READ: Sushma Swaraj speech at UN: ‘Kashmir an integral part of India. Pakistan should stop dreaming’ – Top 10 quotes)
Sushma Swaraj, speaking in Hindi at the United Nations General Assembly, said Pakistan betrayed every time India offered unconditional friendship. “Prime Minister Narendra Modi had extended the hand of friendship to Pakistan by inviting his counterpart Nawaz Sharif to his swearing-in ceremony in May 2014, and also visiting Lahore last December in a goodwill gesture,” said Swaraj. “But what did we get in return? Pathankot, Uri, Bahadur Ali,” she said.
Seeking support from international community to isolate Pakistan for promoting terrorism, Sushma Swaraj requested the UN to make immediate global consensus on the Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism (CCIT) that India introduced in 1996. “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 cards,” said Sushma Swaraj in her address at UN.
“We must identify these nations, in which UN designated terrorists roam freely, lead procession 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,” said Sushma Swaraj making a veiled attack on Pakistan.
Sushma Swaraj 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.”
Watch the full speech of Sushma Swaraj at UNGA below: