Pak is blind to blood of in­no­cents: Swaraj at UN

For­eign Min­is­ter’s speech ques­tions neigh­bour’s in­tent

DNA Sunday (Mumbai) - - FRONT PAGE - Sid­hant Sibal

New York: Launch­ing a blis­ter­ing at­tack on Pak­istan, Ex­ter­nal Af­fairs min­is­ter Sushma Swaraj re­called how the coun­try had “be­trayed” even their “friend” US by hid­ing 9/11 mas­ter­mind Osama bin Laden.

While speak­ing at the an­nual United Na­tions Gen­eral Assem­bly (UNGA) ses­sion on Satur­day, she com­pared the 9/11 ter­ror at­tacks in NYC and

26/11 ter­ror at­tacks in Mum­bai, say­ing while the per­pe­tra­tor of the for­mer was brought to a log­i­cal end, the plan­ner and per­pe­tra­tor of the lat­ter — Hafiz Say­eed — roams free, and even ad­dresses elec­tions ral­lies.

Swaraj iden­ti­fied cli­mate change and ter­ror­ism as the big­gest threats to the ex­is­tence of hu­man­ity. She even warned that the cur­rent UN ar­chi­tec­ture would fail like its ear­lier in­car­na­tion, the League of Na­tions, un­less it wakes up to new re­al­i­ties.

High­light­ing Is­lam­abad’s ver­bal du­plic­ity, she de­fended can­celling a meet­ing with her Pak­istani coun­ter­part Shah Mehmood Qureshi. In per­haps last speech at the UNGA on be­half of the cur­rent Modi gov­ern­ment, she said sev­eral In­dian gov­ern­ments in the past in­clud­ing had also made sev­eral at­tempts to talk to Pak­istan, but its ac­tions foiled such ini­tia­tives. “Ter­ror has not spared any coun­try. It is un­for­tu­nate that ter­ror­ism is reach­ing In­dia from our neigh­bour.

Our neigh­bour’s ex­per­tise is not re­stricted to spawn­ing grounds for ter­ror­ism; it is also an ex­pert in try­ing to mask malev­o­lence with ver­bal du­plic­ity,” she said.

With­out nam­ing her Pak­istani coun­ter­part, who has been ac­cus­ing In­dia of sab­o­tag­ing the process of talks at dif­fer­ent meet­ings in the past few days in New York, Swaraj said the talks halted only be­cause of their be­hav­iour. “In­dia wanted to hold talks but Pak­istan at­tacked po­lice of­fi­cers in Jammu and Kash­mir,” she said.

She also at­tempted to punc­ture Pak­istan’s pro­pa­ganda on hu­man rights vi­o­la­tions, say­ing the coun­try was sid­ing with those killing peo­ple day in and out by is­su­ing postage stamps to dec­o­rate them.

“Who can be a greater trans­gres­sor of hu­man rights than a ter­ror­ist?” she asked, “Those who take in­no­cent hu­man lives in pur­suit of war by other means are de­fend­ers of in­hu­man be­hav­iour, not of hu­man rights. Pak­istan glo­ri­fies killers; it re­fuses to see the blood of in­no­cents.”


For­eign Min­is­ter Sushma Swaraj speaks at the 73rd United Na­tions Gen­eral Assem­bly on Satur­day, at the United Na­tions in New York

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