As tension simmers between India and Pakistan after the Uri attack, an NDTV journalist was on Monday asked to leave a press briefing of the Pakistan Foreign Secretary in New York.
As reported by NDTV, the journalist Namrata Brar was asked to leave the room at the Roosevelt Hotel where Pakistan Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry was to address the media on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly. The exact words used were- “Iss Indian ko nikalo (remove this Indian).”
Not a single Indian journalist was allowed to attend the briefing and the Pakistani leadership has evaded questions about Sunday’s deadly attack in which 18 soldiers were killed at an army base in Uri by terrorists belonging to the Jaish-e-Mohammad, whose chief Masood Azhar is based in Pakistan.
Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who is attending the UN meet, waved aside Indian journalists who tried to question him on the Uri attack. But he was very vocal when it came to condemning India over “ human rights violations” in Kashmir and seeking intervention in meetings with US Secretary of State John Kerry and British Prime Minister Theresa May.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in meetings with his top ministers yesterday, cleared a decision to isolate Pakistan globally.
On the Indian front, external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj, will raise the terror attacks in Uri and Pathankot in her speech at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). As reported by Indian Express, she is likely to deliver her address on behalf of the government of India on September 26.
The speech will not be the only diplomatic move to corner Pakistan. Sources said the Indian mission to the UN will also set up bilateral meetings with a host of foreign ministers and other leaders representing various countries at the UN — in a bid to highlight Pakistan’s role in terrorist activities in Kashmir and other parts of India.