Sharply rebutting Nawaz Sharif’s narrative on Jammu and Kashmir, India called Pakistan a “terrorist state”, accusing it of sponsoring terrorism in the region. Speaking at UN General Assembly, shortly after Sharif’s speech, India further exposed Pakistan establishment’s long-standing policy of backing terrorism against India.
Earlier, the Pakistan PM raked up Kashmir at the UN, even glorifying the slain militant Burhan Wani. India had blamed Pakistan for the current fragile situation in the valley post the encounter killing of Wani in July.
Coming down heavily on Sharif’s speech, India added that those terrorists who were designated by the UN continue to roam Pakistan’s streets freely and operate with State support.
“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,” First Secretary in the Permanent Mission of India to the UN Eenam Gambhir said.
Calling Pakistan “a terrorist state”, Gambhir accused it of channelising billions of dollars, much of it diverted from international aid, to training, financing and supporting terrorist groups as militant proxies against it neighbours.
Flaying Pakistan establishment further on glorifying Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist Burhan Wani, she added “Even today we have heard support by the Prime Minister of Pakistan for a self-acknowledged commander of a known terrorist organisation… It extends support to extremist groups, it suppresses minorities and women and denies basic human rights including through draconian laws”.
In his speech, Nawaz Sharif once again raked up Kashmir. Besides glorifying slain militant Burhan Wani, calling him a “young leader”, he demanded a UN fact-finding mission to Kashmir.
“… steps should be taken by the United Nations to de-militarize Jammu and Kashmir and undertake consultations with India, Pakistan and the true representatives of the Kashmiri people to implement the resolutions of the Security Council,” Sharif said.
Strongly reacting to the Pakistan Prime Minister’s remarks, MoS External Affairs MJ Akbar described them as non-factual and full of “threat bluster”.
“We heard the glorification of a terrorist. Wani is declared commander of Hizbul, widely acknowledged as a terror group. It is shocking that a leader of a nation can glorify a self-advertised terrorist at such a forum. This is self incrimination by Pakistan PM,” Akbar said.
(With inputs from the PTI)