‘Let Pak stoop low, we’ll soar high’ Envoy To UN Shringla: J&K prosperity Akbaruddin will hit Pak terror factory Outlines PM’s Focus At UNGA
New Delhi: While India has said that terror is going to be just one of the several issues on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s agenda at the UN General Assembly, the government is likely to come back hard at Pakistan on the same issue if the latter indeed raises Kashmirrelated developments there.
Syed Akbaruddin, India’s permanent representative to the UN, said if Pakistan stooped low, India would soar high with its response. “What you’re telling me is that it will be more of the same, much more of the same from the side of one country. If that is so what is our response? So let me put it this way. It is for every country to determine its trajectory of how it wants to
approach global platforms. There may be some who stoop low. Our response to them is — we soar high. They may stoop low, we soar high,” he said.
Akbaruddin was asked whether he expected the Kashmir issue to come up during the UNGA session, and, if so, how India will tackle it.
Pakistani PM Imran Khan has vowed to raise the issue at the UNGA in New York on September 27. Modi is also scheduled to speak the same day.
Pakistan’s foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has said Khan will “forcefully” raise the issue before the international community during his UNGA address.
Akbaruddin also laid out Modi’s priorities when he arrives for the 74th UNGA session. He said a plethora of plurilateral and bilateral engagements of the PM outline the examples of how India will soar. “What they want to do is their call. We’ve seen them mainstream terror in the past. And what you’re now telling me is they may want to mainstream hate speech. It’s their call, if they want to do that. Poison pens don’t work for too long,” he said. New York: The prospect for a more prosperous J&K and Ladakh following the abrogation of Article 370 “cuts the ground beneath the feet of Pakistan”, a country whose “fingerprints” are on terror strikes across the world, Indian ambassador to the US Harsh Vardhan Shringla said on Thursday.
In a hard-hitting opinion piece in New York Times, Shringla said Pakistan has a “vested interest in preventing prosperity in J&K, and in the Ladakh... because a weak economy fuels separatist sentiments in some quarters”.
“This fits into Pakistan’s larger strategy of using terrorism as a political tool. This is a country... that was home to Osama bin Laden in his last days. So it also opposes the repeal of Article 370, which legitimised discrimination and hindered economic progress,” Shringla said in response to an op-ed published by Pakistani PM Imran Khan in the US daily recently.
Over the past few weeks, the senior Indian diplomat said, the world has seen a “plethora of comments” from Khan and senior officials of his government painting an apocalyptic picture of India’s reorganisation of J&K. “Clearly, this prospect for a more prosperous J&K, and Ladakh, cuts the ground under the feet of Pakistan. Its PM claims he offered to work for peace, progress and prosperity with India. What he does not say is that the assembly line of terrorists that is a major industry of his country continues without pause,” Shringla said.
He said that the Pakistani PM has “every right to run his own economy into the ground. But his determination to inflict similar damage on the province of a neighbouring country must be challenged by the international community”.