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October 17, 2017

Sushma Swaraj blasts Pakistan at the UN for exporting terrorism


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External Affairs Minister meets Rex W. Tillerson, United States Secretary of State on the sidelines of 72nd Session of UNGA in New York

India’s Minister for External Affairs Sushma Swaraj said at the UN on Saturday that India has risen despite being the principal destination of Pakistan’s nefarious export of terrorism.

The relentless rise of violence, Terrorism, and the ideas that engineer this evil, are spreading at the pace of a conflagration. Terrorism is the most dangerous of troubles the contemporary world is facing today, Ms. Swaraj pointed out. She was addressing the 72nd session of United Nations General Assembly on September 23, 2017.

Ms. Swaraj said: “We are completely engaged in fighting poverty; alas, our neighbour Pakistan seems only engaged in fighting us.” On Thursday, from this dais, Pakistan’s Prime Minister Shahid Khakan Abbasi wasted rather too much of his speech in making accusations against us, she added.

Blasting Pakistan for accusing India of Statesponsored terrorism, and of violating human rights, Ms. Swaraj said that those listening had only one observation: “Look who’s talking!” A country that has been the world’s greatest exporter of havoc, death and inhumanity became a champion of hjqDocrisy by preaching about humanity from this podium.

With this observation the Indian Minister gave a backhand return for his speech from the same dais on Thursday. Pakistan’s Prime Minister Shahid Khakan Abbasi wasted rather too much of his speech in making accusations against us, Ms. Swaraj added.

Ms. Swaraj said that India has risen despite being the principal destination of Pakistan’s nefarious export of terrorism. There have been many governments under many parties during 70 years of Indian freedom, for we have been a sustained democracy. Every government has done its bit for India’s development. We have marched ahead, consistently, without pause, in Education, Health and across the range of human welfare. We established scientific and technical institutions which are the pride of the world. But what has Pakistan offered to the world and indeed to its own people apart from terrorism? We produced scholars, doctors, engineers. What have you produced? You have produced terrorists. Doctors save people from death; terrorists send them to death. If Pakistan had spent on its development what it has spent on developing terror, both Pakistan and the world would be safer and better-off today.

Terrorism is at the very top of problems for which the United Nations is searching for solutions, Ms. Swaraj said adding we have been the oldest victims of this terrible and even traumatic terrorism. When we began articulating about this menace, many of the world’s big powers.dismissed this as a law and order issue. Now they know better. The question is: what do we do about it?

The Indian Minister further said that this has been going on for years. Although India proposed a Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism (CCIT) as early as in 1996, yet two decades later the United Nations has not been able to agree upon a definition of terrorism. If we cannot agree to define our enemy, how can we fight together? If we continue to differentiate between good terrorists and bad terrorists, how can we fight together? If even the United Nations Security Council cannot agree on the listing of terrorists, how can we fight together?

Let us accept that terrorism is an existentialist danger to humankind. There is absolutely no justification for this barbaric violence. Let us display our new commitment by reaching agreement on the Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism this year itself, the Minister observed.

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