Sushma Swaraj Addresses UN General Assembly: Top 5 Quotes From Her Speech

Joy Montgomery
September 24, 2017

The skirmish began earlier this week, when Pakistan's prime minister, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, attacked India in his speech at the United Nations general assembly (UNGA).

India could not digest the Abbasi's speech in which he accused India of "war crime" in the occupied Kashmir as it vomited up dire criticism by naming Pakistan as "Terroristan".

"Her (Swaraj's) measured responses in spite of provocations speak volumes of her maturity and tenacity. Let us display our new commitment by reaching agreement on the Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism this year itself", Swaraj said.

This is published unedited from the PTI feed. India further described Pakistan as a "failed state". Sushma Swaraj alleged at the General Assembly.

Sushma Swaraj and Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani met and discussed ways to boost strategic partnership between the two nations. Referring pointedly to Abbasi's speech, Swaraj added: "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". "You have produced terrorists", she said. "History knows only too well whether he did so or not, but what is beyond doubt is that India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi has, from the moment he took his oath of office, offered the hand of peace and friendship", Ms Swaraj said. "Alas, our neighbor Pakistan seems only engaged in fighting us". As India is unwilling to resume the peace process with Pakistan, we call on the Security Council to fulfil its obligation to secure the implementation of its own resolutions on Jammu and Kashmir. What have you produced?

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On Thursday in New York, PM Abbasi had also urged the United Nations secretary general to appoint a special envoy for Kashmir and accused India's military of brutality in a crackdown against anti-India activists. China has opposed India getting a permanent seat on the Security Council and Russian Federation is lukewarm, while the other three permanent members, Britain, France and the United States, support India.

"Pakistan will never accept any Indian role in Afghanistan under the Trump administration's new policy for South Asia and Afghanistan", Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif told local broadcaster Express News.

She took a dig at the worldwide community too for first failing to recognise terrorism as a global threat and dismissing it as a "law and order" problem and also for continuing to quibble over the the definition of terrorism.

Indian officials remained tight-lipped on the content of Swaraj's speech.

She also underlined the flagship programmes launched in the country to empower the poor like Digital India, Start-Up India and Stand-Up India.

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