Pakistan now host to ‘Ivy League of Terrorism’: India’s counter at UN

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India slammed Pakistan calling it a “terrorist state” after Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in his speech at the United Nations General Assembly on Wednesday raised the Kashmir protests and glorified Hizbul terrorist Burhan Wani.

In a strong rebuttal, India said “Pakistan channelizes billions of dollars, much of it diverted from international aid, to training, financing and supporting terrorist groups as militant proxies against it neighbours.”

Exercising India’s Right of Reply to Mr 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.

Attacking Pakistan, Ms Gambhir said that the land of Taxila, one of the greatest learning centres of ancient times, “is now host to the Ivy League of terrorism” and attracts aspirants and apprentices from all over the world.

Ms Gambhir said while Pakistan gave its “hypocritical sermons” at the UN, its envoy in New Delhi was summoned over the terror attack at an army camp in Jammu and Kashmir’s Uri that left 18 soldiers dead.

In a reference to Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorist Masood Azhar and Mumbai terror attack mastermind Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi, Ms Gambhir said, “Terrorist and their leaders, including many designated by the UN, continue to roam its streets freely and operate with State support.”

“With the approval of authorities, many terrorist organisations raise funds openly in flagrant violation of Pakistan’s international obligations,” she 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,” Ms Gambhir said.

Coming heavily on Mr Sharif for glorifying terrorist Wani, she said “Even today we have heard support by the Prime Minister of Pakistan for a self-acknowledged commander of a known terrorist organisation.”

Calling Pakistan a “democracy deficit country”, India said the country practises 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.”

Voicing India’s firm resolve to protect all its citizens from all acts of terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir, Ms Gambhir said “We cannot and will not allow terrorism to prevail.”

She reminded the UN that the trail of the most “horrifying” and “dastardly terror attack” of 9/11 led all the way to Abbottabad in Pakistan, where al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden had been hiding for years and was killed by US forces.

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