New Delhi: Exercising its right to reply at the UN General Assembly on Wednesday, India responded to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s speech on Kashmir by saying that Pakistan had a “long-standing policy of sponsoring terrorism, the consequences of which have spread well beyond our region”. “The land of Taxila, one of the greatest learning centres of ancient times,” the Indian response continued, “is now host to the Ivy League of terrorism. It attracts aspirants and apprentices from all over the world.”
First secretary to the Indian permanent mission to the UN Eenam Gambhir referred to Sharif’s speech as a “long tirade”. Bringing up the 15-year anniversary of 9/11, she said, “the world has not yet forgotten that the trail of that dastardly attack led all the way to Abbottabad in Pakistan”.
“What we see in Pakistan is a terrorist state,” she said, one “which channelizes billions of dollars, much of it diverted from international aid, to training, financing and supporting terrorist groups as militant proxies against it neighbours.”
Gambhir also brought up the recent attack in Uri and the fact that the Pakistani high commissioner to India was summoned to demand that Pakistan abide by its commitment to not allow “its soil or territory under its control to be used for terrorism against India”.
“Shortly before Pakistan gave its hypocritical sermons in this august house today, its envoy in New Delhi was summoned in the context of the most recent of the terror attacks in Uri that claimed 18 Indian lives. That terrorist attack is part of a trail of continuous flow of terrorists trained and armed by our neighbour and tasked to carry out terrorist attacks in my country,” Gambhir said. “Terrorist entities and their leaders, including many designated by the UN, continue to roam its streets freely and operate with state support. With the approval of authorities, many terrorist organisations raise funds openly in flagrant violation of Pakistan’s international obligations.”
Sharif had called Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani, who was killed by Indian security forces on July 8, a “young leader” and said his killing was a “murder”. Responding to this, Gambhir told the assembly: “Even today we have heard support by the prime minister of Pakistan for a self-acknowledged commander of a known terrorist organisation Hizbul Mujahideen. Pakistan is a country with a democracy deficit. In fact it practices terrorism on its own people. It extends support to extremist groups, it suppresses minorities and women and denies basic human rights including through draconian laws. As a democracy India is firmly resolved to protect all our citizens from all acts of terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir. We cannot and will not allow terrorism to prevail.”