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After Sushma's UN speech, Pak terms India as 'mother of terrorism'

India sponsored and aided terrorism against all its neighbours, Pakistan's permanent representative to UN, Maleeha Lodhi said

Press Trust of India  |  United Nations 

UNGA, Sushma Swaraj
Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj addresses the United Nations General Assembly. Photo: AP/PTI

on Sunday accused of adopting a posture of that of a "predator" and said if the international community wishes to avoid a dangerous escalation between the two neighbours, it must call on New Delhi to halt its provocations and aggressive actions. Terming as the "mother of terrorism" in South Asia, Pakistan's Ambassador to the UN accused it of sponsoring terrorism in various parts of her country. Exercising her right to reply after External Affairs Minister yesterday hit out at for creating terror groups like LeT, JeM, Hizbul Mujahideen and the Haqqani Network, Lodhi alleged that "in her vitriol she (Swaraj) deliberately ignored the core issue" of Kashmir. Swaraj in her remarks did not mention Kashmir. "If the international community wishes to avoid a dangerous escalation between and Pakistan, it must call on to halt its provocations and aggressive actions. It must end the ceasefire violations along the Line of Control. It must halt its sponsorship of terrorist groups against Pakistan," Lodhi said. Given that such responses are normally given by a low level foreign service official, it was quite significant that the top Pakistani diplomat took up the floor to launch a verbal dual against did not immediately exercise its right to response to Lodhis remarks, in which for the second time accused the Security Advisor Ajit K Doval of interfering in Balochistan. Lodhi said if the parties fail to resolve a dispute, the UN and the international community has not only the right but the obligation to intervene and help to resolve the dispute. "UN Security Council resolutions do not lapse with time. Or are'overtaken', as the Indian foreign minister put it. Law has no expiry date.

Morality has no sell-by date. India's posture is that of the predator. It cannot escape its legal and moral obligation to abide by the resolutions of the Security Council," she said. Referring to Swaraj's remarks on terrorism and her push for a definition, Lodhi said the UN should actually define terrorism. "In that definition, we should include 'state terrorism'. The state terrorism which the Indian Security Adviser has boasted is being sponsored by India's spy agencies in Pakistan's Balochistan province in what he called a 'double squeeze' strategy," she alleged. "has sponsored and perpetrated terrorism and aggression against all its neighbours; creating terror groups; destabilising and blockading neighbours to do its strategic bidding and sponsoring subversion, sabotage and terrorism in various parts of All this establishes that isthe mother of terrorism in South Asia," she alleged. She said the 'largest democracy' is also "the world's largest hypocrisy" and it's ruled by the "fascist" ideology. Lodhi alleged that Swaraj in her speech criticised Pakistan's founding father M A Jinnah. She also said remains open to resuming a comprehensive dialogue with to address all outstanding issues, especially Jammu and Kashmir and discuss measures to maintain peace and security. "But this dialogue must be accompanied by an end to Indias campaign of subversion and state-sponsored terrorism in Pakistan," she demanded. In her speech, Swaraj had said Prime Minister Narendra Modi has offered the hand of peace and friendship since he assumed office. "Pakistan's Prime Minister must answer why his nation spurned this offer," she had said. Swaraj reminded Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi that in December 2015, when she was in Islamabad, a decision was made by then Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif that dialogue between and should be renewed and named it a "Comprehensive Bilateral Dialogue". "The word 'bilateral' was used consciously to remove any confusion or doubt about the fact that the proposed talks would be between our two nations and only between our two nations, without any third-party present. And he must answer why that proposal withered, because is responsible for the aborting that peace process," Swaraj had said.

First Published: Sun, September 24 2017. 14:38 IST