In a no holds barred speech, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj minced no words in openly targeting Pakistan and blaming it for the Pathankot and Uri terrorist attacks. “I would like to reply to two issues raised by Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif at the UNGA. He spoke of atrocities on people in India. I would like to tell him to first look internally before pointing fingers. What is happening in Balochistan? We took ties with Pakistan to another level of friendship and what did we get in return? Pathankot and Uri,” Swaraj said. “Bahadur Ali is a living proof of Pakistan’s terrorist activities in India. You talk of conditions. What conditions have we kept? Did we lay down any conditions when we invited you for PM Modi’s swearing-in, or when the Prime Minister stopped over at Lahore? We have based our ties with Pakistan on friendship.”
Talking about Kashmir, Swaraj said, “If Pakistan thinks that if it can take a region from region, then I want to tell them that Kashmir is an integral part of India, Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of India, and it will remain so.” “Stop dreaming about taking it away from,” she hit out. “We should isolate a nation that doesn’t want to part of the fight against terrorism,” she said earlier.
Swaraj started her address by saying, “A year back I addressed people from all countries from this platform. This is a stage from which we discuss matters of concern. We should not only talk of problems that we have dealt with, but also those that have not been solved. Some issues are very important for the world. Our biggest priority is to deal with poverty, and to make sure that benefits of growth reach everyone. Without peace, no progress can prevail.”
Sushma Swaraj’s strong message to Pakistan comes in the backdrop of the Uri terrorist attack that killed 18 Indian soldiers and injured 20 others. Amidst nationwide anguish, all eyes are on the Narendra Modi government to respond effectively to Pakistan’s terror policies. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has promised that those behind the attack would not go unpunished. While most experts do not expect a big military retaliation from India, Modi government’s move to diplomatically and internationally isolate Pakistan is being lauded.
Meanwhile, the government is also moving to review the Indus Waters Treaty, a move that seems to have spooked Pakistan. PM Modi today chaired a high -evel meeting to review the treaty and is reported to have said that ‘blood and water’ cannot flow together. Reports also suggest that the government has decided to form a panel to review the treaty and demand a greater share of water from the ‘western rivers’. Pakistan is expected to raise the issue of re-examination at the United Nations. According to ET Now, Pakistan will raise India’s plan to re-examine the Indus Waters Treaty at the UN. Under the current treaty, water of six rivers – Chenab, Jhelum, Beas, Ravi, Sutlej, Indus, – are to be shared between the two countries. The Treaty was signed by the then Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru and Pakistan President Ayub Khan in September 1960.