On Thursday, India called Pakistan a “terrorist state ” and accused it of carrying out “war crimes” against Indians through its “long-standing policy” of sponsoring terrorism. This response came hours after Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif racked up Kashmir issue at the UN General Assembly session. He referred to the “killing of innocent Kashmiri by Indian Army” while calling Burhan Wani a youth leader.
In a strong rebuttal, India said the terrorists designated by the UN continued to roam Pakistan’s streets freely and operate with State support. Exercising India’s Right of Reply to Sharif’s “long tirade” about the situation in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir, first secretary in the permanent mission of India to the UN Eenam Gambhir said “the worst violation of human rights is terrorism.” Gambhir reminded the UN that the trail of the most “horrifying” and “dastardly terror attack” of 9/11 led all the way to Abbottabad in Pakistan, where al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden had been hiding for years and was killed by US forces.
Meanwhile, several Baloch and Indian activists carried out large-scale demonstrations outside the UN headquarters in New York while Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif addressed the UN General Assembly. They were joined by other groups demanding that it stop “exporting” terror into India. Slogans of ‘Free Balochistan’, ‘Down Down Pakistan’, and ‘Save World from Pakistan Terror’ could be heard as they waved banners and placards that read ‘US Government stop giving funds to Pakistan’, ‘Kashmiri Hindus are Humans, Wake up to their sufferings’, ‘Remove Pakistan from the UN’, ‘Stop Atrocities in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir’ and ‘Killing Fields of Pakistan – Sindh and Balochistan’.
According to a PTI report, Ahmar Musti Khan, founder of the American Friends of Balochistan said, “Pakistan is a terror state and does not want the people of Balochistan to live in peace” along with saying that Pakistan and its leaders are committing crimes against the residents of Kashmir, demanding that the country stop “exporting terror and let its neighbours live in peace”.
Khan also said that the Baloch people are “indebted” to Prime Minister Narendra Modi “for speaking out for Balochistan’s right and the right of the Baloch people to be the masters of our own destiny” while attacking the Pakistani army for its brutalities against “innocent Balochis”, saying “the Pakistan Army is ISIS in uniform”. The Baloch National Movement (BNM) condemned the Pakistani atrocities and the ‘ongoing military operations’ in Sindh and Balochistan.
“Baloch and Sindhi people appeal to the freedom loving citizens of America and the world to support our demands for freedom, peace, and justice. We, the victims of Pakistani state aggression and crimes against humanity, want to tell the world that ‘Pakistan is a nuclear-armed terrorist state’ and must be stopped,” the group said.
Condemning the “barbaric” terror attack on the Uri camp in Kashmir and Pathankot air base, BNM said such attacks are part of Pakistan’s policy of “aggression, employing terrorist methods and outfits to escalate war in the region”. It said the Baloch people are grateful for the support extended by the Indian Prime Minister at “such a critical juncture when our nation is struggling to be free from the illegal military occupation of Pakistan since 1948”.