Congress on Monday criticised External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj’s speech at 71st session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) this evening. Accusing Prime Minister Narendra Modi of “placating” Pakistan, the party leaders alleged the speech was not hard hitting enough even as Congress MP Shashi Tharoor lauded it. The party leaders have noted that crucial points were missing in the speech and the said things are nothing new. “Why did Sushma Swaraj forget to place Pakistan sponsored terrorist attacks in Gurdaspur, Udhampur and two attacks in Pompore, in UN? Modi Govt placating Pak still? Why is Sushmaji shy of calling ‘a spade a spade’in U.N? Why did we not call upon UN for diplomatic and economic sanctions against Pakistan?” Randeep Surjewala asked. He also emphasized that “nation wants concrete action against rogue Pakistan not aimless political acronyms”.
Another Congress leader Manish Tewari said, “the world has known for the last 25-30 years now that Pakistan is a net exporter of terror”.
Swaraj’s speech, however, received praises from Tharoor who dubbed it a “well crafted and well written” one. Tharoor felt that the “thrust of the message was a good one and that Indians can stand behind the message.”
The External Affairs Minister today gave a resounding reply to Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s tirade against India over the issue of terrorism at the same forum a few days back.
Not only did External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj deliver a hard and clear message to Pakistan, she also seemed to tell the US that it should stop supporting countries that harbour terrorists.