In her much-awaited address at the United Nations General Assembly on Monday, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said that all India has got in response to its peace overtures from Pakistan were a string of cross-border attacks. She took up the issue of human rights violations in Balochistan to drive home the point of how the Islamic State was hellbent on butchering the rights of its own national minorities.
Her speech rebutted all the points made four days ago at the same assembly by Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, in which he praised a Kashmiri terrorist Burhan Wani and sought to play up the point that the so-called Azadi struggle in Kashmir was an indigenous one without any link to the terror factories operated by its military. Under the right to reply, the first secretary Eenam Gambhir at the Indian diplomatic mission at the UN had then called the neighbouring country the “Ivy League of terror”,which was the most popular trend on the social media till a few days back.
The external affairs minister asserted in her address that Pakistan will never be able to take Kashmir away from India. Mentioning the Baloch issue, she said cruelty on Balochis is the worst kind of state oppression.
She pointed out “We have always had good intention and we took efforts for friendship but what we got, in turn, was Pathankot, Uri, Bahadur Ali etc. Bahadur Ali is a living example of Pakistan’s cross-border terrorism.” She added “we need to identify who is providing shelter to terrorists and how they are able to do this kind of activities. We should uproot terror.” She said this germ of evil has become a hydra-headed monster now.
“We should adopt a Convention on International Terrorism to make norms prosecute terrorists. We all should stand together against terrorism and those who aren’t ready to do it should be isolated. Who finances terror and terrorists?” The Same question was raised by Afghanistan on this very platform a few days back, she said.
She pointed out that the CCIT was first proposed by India in 1996. In 2016, despite the passage of two decades, we are yet to come to a conclusion. As a result, we are unable to develop a norm under which terrorists shall be prosecuted or extradited. “Therefore, it is my appeal that this General Assembly acts with fresh resolve and urgency to adopt this critical Convention.”
She drew the attention of the assembly to the fact that the Prime Minister of Pakistan’s talk about India placing unacceptable pre-conditions for talks was baseless. She said: “What pre-conditions?… Did we impose any pre-condition before extending an invitation for the oath-taking ceremony of our Government? We took the initiative to resolve issues not on the basis of conditions, but on the basis of friendship! We conveyed Eid greetings to the Prime Minister of Pakistan, wished success to his cricket team, extended good wishes for his health and well-being. Did all this come with pre-conditions attached?”