Swaraj comes down heavily on Pak for terrorism

Before being posted to New York Eenam Gambhir served on the Pakistan desk at India’s external affairs ministry

Before being posted to New York Eenam Gambhir served on the Pakistan desk at India’s external affairs ministry

Minister of External Affairs of India Sushma Swaraj, who is in NY at present to attend United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), will address the assembly on 23 September.

Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj spoke at the United Nations and blasted Pakistan for promoting terrorism and destabilising the entire region including Bangladesh and Afghanistan.

"Her (Swaraj's) measured responses in spite of provocations speak volumes of her maturity and tenacity". "We are completely engaged in fighting poverty", she said.

During her stay so far, Swaraj has held meetings with her counterparts from five countries on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly session to discuss bilateral cooperation and push for India's development agenda.

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.

India on Thursday once again urged the world to act against countries sponsoring terrorism and said "the horror of terrorism continues to haunt global peace and security".

She stated several present crises in the world like terrorism, climate change, hatred, security issues need to be solved for the progress of the nation.

Swaraj also raised the issue of H1-B visa, with Tillerson, which is most sought by Indian IT professionals. "Alas, our neighbor Pakistan seems only engaged in fighting us".

On Thursday, Pakistan's prime minister accused India of war crimes in the disputed Kashmir region, calling for an United Nations investigation.

"Whereas we produce IITs and IIMs, you (Pak) have produced LeT and Jaish-e-Muhammed". India and Pakistan became free within hours of each other.

Abbasi mentioned to the attendees that the United Nations charter has over time been eroding slowly, with unresolved conflicts taking a much larger part of the headlines than before, the rampant Indian aggression in occupied Kashmir a stark example of that.

Ms Swaraj, speaking for the second consecutive year at the UNGA, began her speech by praising PM Modi.

She raised alarming questions for Pakistan asking the country how the country is still a safe haven for terrorist groups despite its army vaunted counterterrorism operations and billions of global dollars in terrorism aid. "She had the option of taking the high road and ignoring his comments, but clearly India wasn't going to pass up the opportunity to pillory Pakistan on the world stage".

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