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India’s Eenam Gambhir exposes Pak in UNGA

Describing Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s theatrical at the UN stage in New York as "a long tirade", Gambhir attacked Pakistan on the topic of sponsorship of terrorism.
Eenam Gambhir

Countering Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s outrageous speech to the UN General Assembly on Wednesday, Eenam Gambhir, the First Secretary in the Permanent Mission of India to the UN, said, “The worst violation of human rights is terrorism. When practised as an instrument of state policy, it is a war crime.”

She exercised India’s Right of Reply during the General Debate of the 71st session UN General Assembly on Wednesday.

Describing Sharif’s theatrical at the UN stage in New York as “a long tirade”, Gambhir attacked Pakistan on the topic of sponsorship of terrorism. While the words she used were less diplomatic, those were definitely impactful.

Sharif’s speech was part of Pakistan’s familiar ploy to hoodwink world opinion on the real situation in the state which is an integral part of India. In the bargain, Pakistan has exposed its own dirty game and given India more ethical ammunition to blast its pernicious propaganda to cover up its implicit guilt of war crimes through sponsoring and supporting terrorism as an instrument of state policy.

The world has not yet forgotten that the trail of that dastardly 9/11 attack in the US led all the way to Abbottabad in Pakistan. Al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden, who was responsible for the attack, was found hiding in Abbottabad close to the Pakistan Military Academy and killed on May 2, 2011, in an operation led by the US.

Terrorist organisations and their leaders “continue to roam its streets freely and operate with state support,” Gambhir said, adding “With the approval of authorities, many terrorist organisations raise funds openly in flagrant violation of Pakistan’s international obligations.”

She described Sunday’s terror attack at Uri town that killed 18 soldiers as “part of a trail of a continuous flow of terrorists trained and armed by our neighbour and tasked to carry out terrorist attacks in my country”.

Alluding to Sharif’s glowing remarks about Burhan Wani, she said, “Even today we have heard support by the Prime Minister of Pakistan for a self-acknowledged commander of a known terrorist organisation, Hizbul Mujahideen.”

Chairing a high-level meeting on Monday attended by Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, Army Chief General Dalbir Singh Suhag besides other senior officials, Prime Minister Narendra Modi sought a concerted global effort to diplomatically isolate Islamabad. He asked the security and other investigative agencies to collect all evidence that points to Pakistani involvement in the attack for presentation at international fora.

The global community has backed India with the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon saying the perpetrators would be brought to justice.

Sources in intelligence agencies said the Jaish-e-Mohammad was identified as the perpetrator of the Uri attack after a representative of the terror outfit called up a local journalist in Kashmir to claim responsibility. Incidentally, the JeM had also emerged as the outfit behind the Pathankot attack but it did not claim responsibility for the same.

Climaxing India’s sense of outrage, President Pranab Mukherjee also condemned the Uri attack and declared India won’t be cowed down by such cowardly attacks.

Pakistan consistently violates border ceasefire resorting to small arms firing and mortar shelling on forward posts along the Line of Control (LoC) in the Poonch sector of Jammu and Kashmir. On September 2, Pakistan troops violated ceasefire by firing on forward Army posts along LoC in Akhnoor sector in Jammu district.

Last year, 16 civilians were killed and 71 injured in 405 incidents of cross-border firing by Pakistan. Around 8,000 people were temporarily affected due to the ceasefire violations and had to be shifted to safer locations.

But Pakistan continues to accuse India of misleading the world opinion to cover up its “reign of terror” in Kashmir by a spate of “vitriolic” and “unsubstantiated” statements.

Islamabad once again used its known ploy, asking for ‘actionable’ evidence to prove its hand in terror attacks. It also hides behind the argument that it is not responsible for what it calls the battle for freedom by the Kashmiri people even as it continues to arm the misguided militants in the state which is an integral part of India.

Time has come to call the Pakistani bluff and expose it in the eyes of the world.

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