India, Pakistan trade barbs at United Nations over failed bid for talks

India, Pakistan trade barbs at United Nations over failed bid for talks

India, Pakistan trade barbs at United Nations over failed bid for talks

In a strong attack against Pakistan, India told the UN General Assembly on Saturday that its neighbour's commitment to terrorism as an instrument of official policy has not abated one bit.

India Sunday strongly hit back at Pakistan for the "preposterous allegation" its Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi made at the United Nations that terrorists behind the 2014 attack on a Peshawar school were "supported" by India, saying the "despicable insinuation" dishonours the memory of the children killed in the assault.

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Despite the bounty and United Nations sanctions against him, Saeed moves around with impunity in Pakistan, addresses rallies and takes part in the 2018 general elections, she said.

India on Saturday lambasted Pakistan, accusing it of being an "expert in trying to mask malevolence with verbal duplicity".

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

"They used the pretext of stamps issued months ago, of a Kashmiri activist and depicting grave human rights violations including pellet gun victims, as an excuse to back out from the talks".

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.

Swaraj called accusations by Pakistan that India was "sabotaging the process of talks" between them "a complete lie". "Hence our belief that talks and terror can not go together", she noted. While some reports termed the speech as "baseless allegations", others viewed it as an agenda and focused more on Pakistan's counterstatement to Swaraj's speech.

Mrs Swaraj said, under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, India has initiated unprecedented economic and social transformation that will help the country achieve its Sustainable Development Goals much before time. All the schemes that I have just spoken about have the welfare of women at their core.

India lambasted Pakistan's assertion that New Delhi had called off the proposed foreign minister-level talks on flimsy grounds.

"Reform must begin today; tomorrow could be too late".

According to Swaraj, it was "heartening" to note that the "world is no longer ready to believe Islamabad".

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