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External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj on Monday gave a befitting response to Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. His tirade on Kashmir at UNGA was heavily criticized by India, now Swaraj asked him to look at what is happening in Balochistan.
Calling for global isolation of Pakistan, Sushma Swaraj said that we will not support countries that nurture, paddle and export terror. Such countries should have no place in the comity of nations.
There are nations that still speak the language of terrorism, nurture it, peddle it, and export it. Sheltering terrorists has become their card. We must identify these nations and hold them to account, said Swaraj in her nearly 20-minute speech.
"These nations, in which UN designated terrorists roam freely, lead processions and deliver their poisonous sermons of hate with impunity, are as culpable as the very terrorists they harbour. Such countries should have no place in the comity of nations," Swaraj said.
She makes a global call to the international community to isolate such nations. “The terror apparatus that was behind 26/11 and Uri attack was also behind a number of other terror attacks all over the world,” she said.
About the allegations made by Sharif regarding human rights violations by India in Kashmir, Swaraj said, "I can only say that those accusing others of human rights violations should introspect and see what egregious abuses they are perpetrating in their own country, including in Balochistan."
Swaraj further said Prime Minister Narendra Modi had extended the hand of friendship to Pakistan by inviting his counterpart Nawaz Sharif to his swearing-in ceremony in May 2014 and also visiting Lahore last December in a goodwill gesture.
"But what did we get in return? Pathankot, Uri, Bahadur Ali," she said, referring to the January 2 terror attack on an air force base in Pathankot that left seven soldiers dead, and the Uri attack of September 18 in which 18 soldiers died, and the capture of Pakistani terrorist Bahadur Ali.
Sushma also said that Jammu and Kashmir is an inalienable part of the country and nobody can wrest it away by force. "Kashmir is an integral part of India and it will remain an integral part of India. No one can take it away by force," she said.