United Nations: Speaking at the United Nations General Assembly on Monday, Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj asked Pakistan to “abandon this dream” of using terror attacks to “snatch territory it covets” and said, “Let me state unequivocally that Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of India and will always remain so.”
Describing Pakistan as a sponsor of terror, Swaraj in her speech in Hindi urged the United Nations to urgently adopt the Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism, a treaty proposed by India in 1996.
Speaking four days after Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s speech in the General Debate at the 71st session of the United Nations General Assembly in which he accused India of human rights violations in Kashmir, Swaraj said that Pakistan should look into its own “egregious abuses” in Balochistan and the haven it continues to provide to perpetrators of terror, “the biggest violation of human rights.”
Responding to Nawaz Sharif’s complaint that India was also setting pre-conditions for talks with Pakistan, Swaraj asked, “What pre-conditions?” She said India had attempted a “paradigm of friendship without precedent” to resolve outstanding issues but all it got in return was “Pathankot, Uri and Bahadur Ali, a terrorist in our custody whose confession is living proof of Pakistan’s complicity in cross-border terror.”
She said that Pakistan remains in denial when confronted with evidence. “It persists in the belief that such attacks and provocative remarks will enable it to snatch the territory it covets. My firm advice to Pakistan is: Abandon this dream. Let me state unequivocally that Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of India and will always remain so,” she said.
Referring to Sharif’s address, Swaraj said: “Those living in glass houses should not throw stones. Those accusing others of human rights violations would do well to introspect and see what egregious abuses they are perpetrating in their own country, including in Balochistan. The brutality against the Baloch people represents the worst form of state oppression.”
Swaraj said that as gestures of friendship, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had invited Sharif to his oath-taking ceremony in 2014, had sent him Eid greetings, and wished him well after his heart surgery.
Swaraj urged the United Nations to act together against terrorism, saying, “We will be judged by our action and equally by our inaction.”
“We are unable to develop a norm under which terrorists shall be prosecuted or extradited. It is my appeal that this General Assembly acts with fresh resolve and urgency to adopt this critical convention,” she said of the treaty that India had proposed.