United Nations, September 22
India on Thursday called Pakistan a “terrorist state” and accused it of carrying out “war crimes” against Indians through its “long-standing policy” of sponsoring terrorism, hours after Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif raked up the Kashmir issue at the UN General Assembly session.
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 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”.
“When practised as an instrument of state policy, it is a war crime. What my country and our other neighbours are facing today is Pakistan’s long-standing policy of sponsoring terrorism, the consequences of which have spread well beyond our region,” she said.
Gambhir said India saw in Pakistan “a terrorist state”, which channelised billions of dollars, much of it diverted from international aid, to training, financing and supporting terrorist groups as militant proxies against its neighbours.
In a reference to JeM chief Masood Azhar and Mumbai terror attack mastermind Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi, she said terrorist entities and their leaders, including many designated by the UN, continued to roam the streets of Pakistan freely and operated with the state’s support.
“With the approval of authorities, many terrorist organisations raised funds openly in flagrant violation of Pakistan’s international obligations,” Gambhir said.
She said while Pakistan’s nuclear proliferation record is marked by “deception and deceit”, it talks about restraint, renunciation and peace.
“Similar false promises it has made to us--the international community--on terrorism. Perhaps renunciation of lies and self-restraint on threats could be a good place for Pakistan to start,” Gambhir said.
India also strongly slammed Sharif for glorifying Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist Burhan Wani, who was killed on July 8 by the Indian forces.
“Even today we have heard support by the Prime Minister of Pakistan for a self-acknowledged commander of a known terrorist organisation,” she said.
Gambhir said Pakistan was a democracy-deficit country and practised terrorism on its own people. “It extends support to extremist groups, it suppresses minorities and women and denies basic human rights, including through draconian laws,” she added. PTI
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