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Sushma Swaraj warns Nawaz Sharif and to forget Kashmir dream

India on Monday forcefully asked the world to isolate Pakistan for nurturing terrorism and firmly advised Islamabad to stop dreaming it can ever capture Jammu and Kashmir with the help of its aided terrorists.

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj lashed out at Pakistan in her reply to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s address to the UN General Assembly last week and said: “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.”

Speaking from the same podium where Sharif spoke last Friday, Sushma belittled Islamabad’s allegations of human rights violations in Jammu and Kashmir and pointed towards the “egregious abuses” being committed on people in Pakistan’s restive Balochistan province.  “The brutality against the Baloch people represents the worst form of state oppression.”

She said the world faced the biggest threat in terrorism and the world countries needed to “add steel to our resolve and inject urgency in our response” against the nations that sponsor terror.  “We need to forget our prejudices and join hands together to script an effective strategy against terror. This is not an impossible task provided we have the will. We can do it, we must. Otherwise our future generations will forever hold us to account. And if any nation refuses to join this global strategy, then we must isolate it,” she said.

Without naming Pakistan, the Indian minister said there were countries “in our midst…that still speak the language of terrorism, nurture it, peddle it, and export it”.  “We must identify these nations and hold them to account. 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.”

In his address to the UNGA, Sharif last week said his country wanted to have better ties with India and was open to an unconditional dialogue to resolve all issues, including Kashmir.


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