Pak's commitment to terrorism continues unabated: Sushma at UN

The minister reaffirmed Pakistan's desire to engage India into meaningful dialogue

The minister reaffirmed Pakistan's desire to engage India into meaningful dialogue

Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi has accused India of financing terror attacks in Pakistan and said the neighbouring country was behind the killings of schoolchildren in Peshawar and a suicide attack in Mastung.

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Even as the perpetrators of the 9/11 terror attacks in NY met their fate, Swaraj said the mastermind of the 2008 Mumbai terror attack Hafiz Saeed still roams the streets of Pakistan with impunity.

She said Qureshi's description of a "new Pakistan" was "cast in the mould of the old".

The Indian minister told the world leaders that the most startling evidence of Pakistan's what she claimed "duplicity" was the fact that Al Qaida founder Osama Bin Laden was given a "safe haven" in the country.

"Those who take innocent human lives in pursuit of war by other means are defenders of inhuman behaviour, not of human rights".

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India also questioned the freedom experienced by UN-designated terrorist Hafiz Saeed's in Pakistan as he continued to set up candidates for electoral office.

"We believe that talks are the only rational means to resolve the most complex of disputes", she reiterated. "If they stopped, it was only because of Pakistan's behaviour", she said in her address to the General Debate of the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly here. He said the UN Secretary General will soon visit India and Pakistan. The photographs turned out to be from another country.

Exercising the Right to Reply at the UNGA, Ms Gambhir said, "Let me recollect for Pakistan's new government, the out-pouring of sorrow and pain in India that followed the massacre of innocent school children". "Pakistan has successfully overcome terrorism by launching several operations". She asked whether this act indicate a desire for dialogue.

He said that Kulbhushan Jadhav, a commander of the Indian navy, confessed to his involvement in terrorism in Pakistan.

During her speech, Shushma stressed upon collective efforts by the United Nations members countries to tackle the issues like climate change and terrorism which she termed as the biggest challenges of the 21st century.

Mr Qureshi spoke at the UNGA after External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj had launched a scathing attack on Islamabad for harbouring terrorists and "masking malevolence with duplicity".

On climate change, Swaraj said underdeveloped and developing nations were "the worst victims" of the problem, adding, "they neither had the capacity nor the resources to meet this crisis".

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