Watch: Sushma Swaraj's Takedown Of Pak At UN

PUBLISHED ON: September 26, 2016 | Duration: 18 min, 16 sec

  
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In a sharp rebuttal to Nawaz Sharif's speech, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj in her UN address said Pakistan must 'abandon this dream' of using terror attacks to "obtain territory it covets". She further warned off Islamabad saying that "Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of India and will always remain so".
Highlights
  • This month we marked the 15th Anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks on this city. Tragically, less than 15 days ago, another attempt at killing innocents was made through an act of terror in this same city. We, who have suffered in Uri recently, understand the pain inflicted by the same forces. The world has been battling this scourge for long.
  • We must acknowledge that terrorism is undoubtedly the biggest violation of human rights. It targets the innocent and kills indiscriminately.
  • But it is important to ask - who is behind this and who benefits from it? Terrorists do not own banks or weapons factories, so let us ask the real question: who finances these terrorists, who arms them and provides sanctuaries?
  • We will not be able to win against terrorism by making specious distinctions between your problems and mine, between terrorists who attack you and those who attack me.
  • We need to forget our prejudices and join hands together to script an effective strategy against terror. This is not an impossible task provided we have the will. We can do it, we must do it.
  • In our midst, there are nations that still speak the language of terrorism, that nurture it, peddle it, and export it. To shelter terrorists has become their calling card. We must identify these nations and hold them to account. These nations, in which UN declared terrorists roam freely, lead processions and deliver their poisonous sermons of hate with impunity, are as culpable as the very terrorists they harbour. Such countries should have no place in the comity of nations.
  • I can only say that those accusing others of human rights violations would do well to introspect and see what egregious abuses they are perpetrating in their own country, including in Balochistan.
  • The 21st century has begun in the shadow of turmoil, but we can turn this into a golden age in the history of civilization through united and concerted efforts. But what happens tomorrow will depend on what we do today.
  • We took the initiative to resolve issues not on the basis of conditions, but on the basis of friendship.
  • India is the fastest growing major economy in the world.
  • We have launched a large programme on sanitation called Swachh Bharat. Lakhs of toilets have been made in schools and they are working.
  • The world has enough resources for our needs but not greed. That's why Prime Minister has suggested the principle of climate justice.
  • We must treat nature fairly, otherwise, there will be catastrophe. We have seen this around the world.
  • India has launched an ambitious domestic effort to transform our energy mix to achieve 40% energy from non-fossil fuel sources by 2030. Our path-breaking initiative for an International Solar Alliance is intended to make efficient solar technology available for all.
  • We have decided to submit our Instrument of Ratification of the Paris Agreement on October 2, the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi who epitomised a lifestyle with the smallest carbon footprint.
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