Sending a strong message to Pakistan, Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Vikas Swarup today said that “terror and talks cannot go hand in hand.” “India has never shied away from a dialogue with Pakistan, but talks and terror can’t go hand in hand,” Vikas Swarup said.
“Our internal affairs are solely ours to handle, anyone trying to interfere will not change that reality,” Swarup said with reference to Pakistan’s attempt to raise the issue of the killing of Hizbul commander Burhan Wani at the United Nations.
“The world has a very clear view on which country in our region covets territory of others, uses terrorism as an instrument of state policy,” Swarup said, while hitting out at Pakistan.
Swarup’s statement comes within hours of a strong rebuttal to Pakistan by Ambassador Syed Akbaruddin, India’s Permanent Representative at the United Nations.
Speaking at the High-level thematic debate “UN@70 Human Rights at the center of the global agenda”, Akbaruddin hit out at Pakistan saying the country “extols the virtues of terrorists.” Some have termed Akbaruddin’s speech as the hardest-hitting against Pakistan in recent times.
Akbaruddin’s rebuke to Pakistan also came in response to the neighbor country raising in UN the issue of the killing of Burhan Wani.
“Regrettably, earlier today we have seen an attempt at misuse of this UN platform. The attempt came from Pakistan; a country that covets the territory of others; a country that uses terrorism as state policy towards that misguided end; a country that extols the virtues of terrorists and that provides sanctuary to UN-designated terrorists; and a country that masquerades its efforts as support for human rights and self determination,” Akbaruddin said.
“The international community has long seen through such designs. Cynical attempts, like the one this morning therefore, find no resonance in this forum or elsewhere in the United Nations,” he added.
Pakistan’s envoy Maleeha Lodhi, apart from raising the Kashmir issue in her speech, also mentioned the “extra-judicial” killing of Wani, whom she described as a “Kashmiri leader”, by Indian forces.