India has come out all guns blazing against Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s address at the UNGA, questioning the neighboring country’s “complete denial” of terrorism that stems from its soil. Soon after Sharif’s address, MEA Spokesperson Vikas Swarup tweeted, “Pak PM Sharif at #UNGA in complete denial of Uri terror attack. 19 infiltration attempts stopped at LoC this year. Indigenous??!!”. “PM Sharif at #UNGA says India poses unacceptable conditions to dialogue. India’s only condition is an end to terrorism. This not acceptable?” MEA questioned. “Pak PM Sharif at #UNGA glorifies Hizbul terrorist Burhan Wani in UN’s highest forum. Shows continued Pak attachment to terrorism,” the MEA Twitter handle hit out.
In an audacious speech, Sharif attacked India over the Kashmir issue, saying, “Kashmiris want freedom from India”. “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.
The Narendra Modi government has come out strongly to attack Pakistan in wake of the attack. India is seeking international support to globally isolate Pakistan. Calls are growing louder for Pakistan to be declared a ‘terror state’. It is also being reported that PM Narendra Modi has given the nod for security forces to take insurgency by terrorists “head on”.
Earlier today, the Ministry of External Affairs summoned Pakistan High Commissioner to India, Abdul Basit. Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar summoned Basit over the terrorist attack on the Indian Army camp in Jammu and Kashmir’s Uri. “Foreign Secretary Dr Jaishankar called in the High Commissioner of Pakistan Mr Abdul Basit today and reminded him that the Government of Pakistan had made a solemn commitment in January 2004 to not allow its soil or territory under its control to be used for terrorism against India. The persistent and growing violation of this undertaking is a matter of very serious concern,” an MEA statement said. “The latest terrorist attack in Uri only underlines that the infrastructure of terrorism in Pakistan remains active,” the statement said adding that Pakistan was told about the items recovered from terrorists and the markings on them that prove the militants’ Pakistani origin.