Not only did External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj deliver a hard and clear message to Pakistan at the UNGA, she also seemed to tell the US that it should stop supporting countries that harbour terrorists. “We have to be united in our fight against terrorism. We have to keep our likes and dislikes aside. We have to forget favours and leave old understandings. I don’t think that it is difficult, it is a matter of having the will to do it,” Swaraj said in what is seen as an obvious message to the US.
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Significantly, Swaraj started talking about the importance of combating terrorism by referring to the city in which the UNGA’s session is underway – New York. “This city recently saw the 15 anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. We understand the pain of this city, We have seen similar pain in Pathankot and Uri. Terrorism is a problem across the world – see the recent incidents in Dhaka, Brussels, Pathankot, Uri. Syria and Iraq deal with the issue on an everyday basis. We are not succeeding in stopping terrorism,” Swaraj lamented.
“We have to first understand that terrorism is a violation of human rights. Terrorists don’t have banks or factories of weapons. In that context, it is important to know who supports such terrorists? Afghanistan also raised this issue a few days back. Those who sow seeds of terrorism have to pay for it. There is no your or my terrorism – we cannot win the war against terrorim like that,” she said.
“We should isolate a nation that doesn’t want to be a part of the fight against terrorism. We have to isolate a country that sows, grows and sells terrorism. Such countries have to be held accountable. We have to take actions against a country that allows terrorists to hold public celebrations, without bringing them to justice. Such a country is equally responsible for terrorist activities,” Swaraj said in a clear dig at Pakistan. “Such a country should find no place in global forums,” she urged UN member countries.
In a no holds barred speech, 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.