New York, Sept 23: External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, while addressing the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), launched a scathing attack on Pakistan for its “non-stop support to terrorism” that killed hundreds of innocents in the last few years.
Since India’s independence, said Swaraj, the country remained committed towards providing education and healthcare to its masses. On the other hand, she pointed out, Pakistan has been busy harbouring terrorists as part of the covert strategy against its neighbours.
The EAM also rejected Pakistan’s Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi’s claim of being the victim of terror, and accusing India of backing subversive movements in western provinces of his nation. On hearing Abbasi, voices within the UNGA said ‘Look who is talking’, Swaraj remarked.
Here are some top quotes from Sushma Swaraj’s speech at the 72nd UNGA:
- India is fighting with poverty, but our neighbouring state Pakistan is fighting against us.
- We gave birth to doctors and engineers, Pakistan produced terrorists.
- When India was busy in establishing the IITs and IIMs, Pakistan produced terrorist organisations like Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) and Haqqani network.
- Pakistan accused us of human rights violation and state-sponsored terrorism. Listening to Pak PM, people had only one observation, ‘Look who is talking’.
- Both India and Pakistan got independence together. But India is recognised as a high-tech superpower and Pakistan is recognised as a terror export factory.
- Our world is trapped in a deluge of troubles and the most dangerous are the relentless rise of violence.
- India is one of the oldest targets of terrorism. Many countries in the world dismissed terrorism as a law and order problem. Now the time has come to introspect on the subject.
- Terrorism is an existential danger to humankind. There is no justification for terrorism. Let us show more commitment to reaching an agreement by reaching agreement on the Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism this year.
- Many nations still differ on the definition of terrorism and terrorists. I urge all to find a unanimous definition of terrorism and resolve to fight it together.
- If we cannot agree to define our enemy, how can we fight together?