Published On: Sat, Sep 23rd, 2017

India IT superpower, Pakistan is terror export factory: Sushma at UN

United Nations: External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Saturday launched a stinging attack at the UN against Pakistan, saying India had grown as an IT superpower while Pakistan has emerged as a pre-eminent factory for the export of terror in the 70 years of the independence of the two countries.

Sushma Swaraj ended her speech with a Sanskrit shloka

“We are fighting poverty. But our neighbour Pakistan seems only engaged in fighting us,” she said in her address to the United Nations General Assembly, and responding to Pakistan Prime Minister Shahid Khakan Abbasi’s allegations that India was sponsoring terrorism.

She threw a taunt at the Pakistan Prime Minister while referring to his accusations that India was violating human rights in Jammu and Kashmir: “Those listening to him (Abbasi) had only one observation: ‘Look who is talking’.”

“A country that has been the world’s greatest exporter of havoc, death and inhumanity became a champion of hypocrisy by preaching about humanity from this podium.

“I would like today to tell Pakistan’s politicians just this much, that perhaps the wisest thing they could do is to look within. India and Pakistan became free within hours of each other. Why is it that India today is a recognised IT superpower in the world and Pakistan recognised only as the pre-eminent export factory for terror.”?

She said while India fought terrorism exported by Pakistan it did not neglect development work at home.

“We created IITs, IIMs, AIIMS while Pakistan created LeT, Haqqanis, JeM, Hizbul Mujahideen,” she said, referring to Pakistan-based terror groups.

Sushma Swaraj asked the UN not to see terrorism with “self-defeating and indeed meaningless nuance”.

“Evil is evil. Let us accept that terrorism is an existentialist danger to human kind. There is absolutely no justification for this barbaric violence. Let us display our new commitment by reaching an agreement on the Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism this year itself,” she urged.

Her speech comes after India, in its Right of Reply to Abbasi’s speech, termed Pakistan as “Terroristan”.

Swaraj was cheered from the floor and the Indian guests in the visitors gallery as she strode wearing her trademark saffron saree on to the stage with a gilded background in the wood-panelled General Assembly building.

As she spoke in Hindi, with simultaneous translations in five languages, from the dark stone podium embossed with the UN logo, she received applause when she talked of fighting terrorism.

There was some laughter when she derisively said that the world reacted with, “Look who is talking!” when Pakistan Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abassi accused India of state-sponsored terrorism.

She started her speech with a report card on India’s achievements in development, before segueing to Pakistan and terror, raising her voice in indignation.

Sushma Swaraj ended her speech with a Sanskrit shloka:

“May all be happy; May all be healthy; May all see what is good; May all be free from suffering.”


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