The IVY League of terrorism is Pakistan. Considering the country’s record in harbouring terrorists of all kinds, there is hardly any doubt it. But to hear it from the biggest stage of the world is not something that happens every day. When Pakistan Prime Minster Nawaz Sharif praised Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist Burhan Muzaffar Wani, and claimed that his country’s record in counter-terror measures has been the best, at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on Wednesday, he scored a self-goal in front of the international community. Still, India needed to give a befitting response for exposing Sharif’s hypocrisy. And for this, India chose Eenam Gambhir, one of the country’s young woman diplomat at the Permanent Mission of India to the United Nations.
Gambhir exposed Pakistan’s hypocrisy from the word go, describing Sharif’s speech as a “long tirade” about the situation in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir. Exercising India’s Right of Reply during the General Debate of the 71st session UN General Assembly, she also said: “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.”
Gambhir is the first secretary at the permanent mission. She is no stranger to Pakistan. Before she was posted to New York, Gambhir had worked on the Pakistan desk at the Ministry of External Affairs. Watch her speech here:
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Here is the full text of her statement:
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.
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.
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.
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.