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Pakistan must introspect why their nation is terror export factory: Swaraj

India had ripped into Pakistan yesterday, describing it as "terroristan" and a land of "pure terror": Sushma

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Sushma Swaraj
York: External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj delivers her speech during the 72nd United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York on Saturday. PTI Photo

Taking a dig at Pakistan, External Affairs Minister today asked its leaders to introspect as to why India is recognised as a global IT superpower while is infamous as the "pre-eminent export factory for terror".
In her address to the 72nd session, accused of waging a war against India and said 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.
She was referring to Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi's speech on Thursday wherein he accused India of violating human rights and state-sponsored
"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 became free within hours of each other. Why is it that today India is a recognised IT superpower in the world, and is recognised only as the pre-eminent export factory for terror?" asked.
India had ripped into yesterday, describing it as "terroristan" and a land of "pure terror" that hosts a flourishing industry to produce and export global
Speaking in Hindi for the second consecutive year at the annual UNGA session, today said India has risen despite being the principal destination of Pakistan's nefarious export of
"There have been many governments under many parties during 70 years of Indian freedom, for we have been a sustained democracy. Every government has done its bit for India’s development," she said, highlighting India's achievements in the fields of education, health, space etc.
"We established scientific and technical institutions which are the pride of the world. But what has offered to the world and indeed to its own people apart from " she said.
"We produced scientists, scholars, doctors, engineers.
What have you produced? You have produced have created terrorist camps, you have created Lashkar-e- Taiba, Jaish-e-Mohammed, Hizbul Mujahideen and Haqqani network," she said, adding that if had spent on its development what it has spent on developing terror, both and the world would be safer and better-off today.
She said the terrorist groups created by is not only harming India, but also hurting its neighbours - Afghanistan and Bangladesh - as well.
She said that for the first time in the UN history, sought right to reply (RoR) and then it had to simultaneously respond to three nations.
"Doesn't it reflect your nefarious designs," she asked the Pakistani leader.
Referring to Prime Minister Abbasi's speech, said that the Pakistani leader "wasted" too much of his time in making accusations against India.
"Those listening had only one observation: 'Look who's 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," said.
Commenting on Abbasi's claim that Pakistan's founder Mohammad Ali Jinnah had bequeathed a foreign policy based on peace and friendship, said while it remains open to question whether Jinnah actually advocated such principles, what is beyond doubt is that 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 said.
On old UN resolutions mentioned by Abbasi, said that the Pakistani leader's memory has conveniently failed him where it matters.
"He has forgotten that under the Shimla Agreement and the Lahore Declaration India and resolved that they would settle all outstanding issues bilaterally. The reality is that Pakistan’s politicians remember everything, manipulate memory into a convenience. They are masters at 'forgetting' facts that destroy their version," said in a hard-hitting response to Pakistani prime minister's speech.
Noting that Abbasi spoke of a "Comprehensive Dialogue" between the two countries, reminded him that on December 9, 2015, when she was in Islamabad for the Heart of Asia conference, a decision was made by then Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif that dialogue between India 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," said.

First Published: Sat, September 23 2017. 21:47 IST