External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj in her address at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York today hit out at Pakistan holding it accountable for nurturing terrorism on its land. Swaraj also took up the issue of human rights violations in Balochistan.
Swaraj appealed to the General Assembly to act with fresh resolve and urgency to adopt the Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism (CCIT), a treaty proposed by India in 1996 which intends to criminalise all forms of international terrorism. She added that despite the passage of two decades there is no response to the treaty and hence India is unable to develop a norm under which terrorists shall be prosecuted or extradited.
The minister said that India has a living proof of Pakistan’s complicity in cross-border terror. She asked Pakistan to stop dreaming about Kashmir, “My firm advice to Pakistan is – abandon this dream. Let me state unequivocally that Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of India and will always remain so.”
Slamming Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Swaraj she said Sharif used this podium to make baseless allegations about human rights violations in India. “I can only say that those accusing others of human rights violations would do well to introspect and see what egregious abuses they are perpetrating in their own country, including in Balochistan. The brutality against the Baloch people represents the worst form of State oppression.” She added.
She asked the Assembly to see who is behind global terrorism and who is getting benefitted from it. “Terrorists do not own banks or weapons factories, so let us ask the real question: who finances these terrorists, who arms them and provides sanctuaries?” questioned the minister.