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India lambasts Pakistan at UN; says land of Taxila is now host to the Ivy League of terrorism

India is going all out to slam Pakistan for its "long-standing policy of sponsoring terrorism", and has ripped apart Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif's audacious speech at the UN General Assembly.

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uri attack, india pakistan UN, nawaz sharif UN speech, India reply to Pakistan at UN Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif had said, “Peace between India and Pakistan cannot be finally achieved without resolution to the Kashmir dispute.” (Reuters Photo)

India is going all out to slam Pakistan for its “long-standing policy of sponsoring terrorism”, and has ripped apart Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif’s audacious speech at the UN General Assembly. “The land of Taxila, one of the greatest learning centres of ancient times, is now host to the Ivy League of terrorism. It attracts aspirants and apprentices from all over the world,” India said. “The effect of its toxic curriculum are felt across the globe,” India added.

Exercising India’s right to reply during the general debate, Eenam Gambhir, First Secretary, Permanent Mission of India to the UN said, “It is ironical therefore that we have seen today the preaching of human rights and ostensible support for self-determination by a country which has established itself as the global epicentre of terrorism.” “Perhaps renunciation of lies and self-restraint on threats could be a good place for Pakistan to start,” Gambhir said in a to-the point, yet cutting reply.

Below is the full text of the statement made by Ms. Eenam Gambhir, First Secretary, Permanent Mission of India to the UN at the 71st session UN General Assembly on September 21, 2016:

Mr. President,

I take the floor to exercise the right of reply in response to the long tirade of Pakistan about the situation in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir.

The worst violation of human rights is terrorism. When practiced as an instrument of state policy it is a war crime.

What my country and our other neighbours are facing today is Pakistan’s long-standing policy of sponsoring terrorism, the consequences of which have spread well beyond our region.

Mr President,

Only last week, the international community honored the memory of thousands of innocent victims from around the world, who lost their lives not far from here in New York fifteen years ago in a most horrifying terror attack.

The world has not yet forgotten that the trail of that dastardly attack led all the way to Abbottabad in Pakistan.

The land of Taxila, one of the greatest learning centres of ancient times, is now host to the Ivy League of terrorism. It attracts aspirants and apprentices from all over the world.

The effect of its toxic curriculum are felt across the globe.

It is ironical therefore that we have seen today the preaching of human rights and ostensible support for self-determination by a country which has established itself as the global epicentre of terrorism.

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Mr President,

Shortly before Pakistan gave its hypocritical sermons in this august house today, its envoy in New Delhi was summoned in the context of the most recent of the terror attacks in Uri that claimed 18 Indian lives. That terrorist attack is part of a trail of continuous flow of terrorists trained and armed by our neighbour and tasked to carry out terrorist attacks in my country.

What we see in Pakistan, Mr. President, is a terrorist state, which channelizes billions of dollars, much of it diverted from international aid, to training, financing and supporting terrorist groups as militant proxies against it neighbours.

Terrorist entities and their leaders, including many designated by the UN, continue to roam its streets freely and operate with State support. With the approval of authorities, many terrorist organizations raise funds openly in flagrant violation of Pakistan’s international obligations.

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Mr President,

Even today we have heard support by the Prime Minister of Pakistan for a self-acknowledged commander of a known terrorist organization Hizbul Mujahideen.

Pakistan is a country with a democracy deficit. In fact it practices terrorism on its own people. It extends support to extremist groups, it suppresses minorities and women and denies basic human rights including through draconian laws.

As a democracy India is firmly resolved to protect all our citizens from all acts of terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir. We cannot and will not allow terrorism to prevail.

Finally, Mr President, we have heard Pakistan, whose nuclear proliferation record is marked by deception and deceit, talking about restraint, renunciation and peace.

Similar false promises it has made to us – the international community – on terrorism. Perhaps renunciation of lies and self-restraint on threats could be a good place for Pakistan to start.

I thank you Mr President.

Earlier, Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif had said, “Peace between India and Pakistan cannot be finally achieved without resolution to the Kashmir dispute.” Sharif also lauded Burhan Wani, the terrorist who had been killed by Indian security forces in Jammu and Kashmir. “The young leader murdered by Indian forces has emerged as a symbol of latest Kashmiri Intifada,” he said. Sharif’s provocative remarks come within days of the terrorist attack on an Indian Army camp in Jammu and Kashmir’s Uri. Eighteen soldiers were martyred in the attack and several others were injured. Four terrorists were neutralized.

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