New Delhi: In a full blown diplomatic offensive aimed at isolating Pakistan in the international arena, India has described it as “host to the Ivy League terrorism” and a “terrorist state,” The Times of India reported.
The Indian onslaught made on Thursday at the United Nations General Assembly, came as a harsh rebuff to the speech of Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in which he had raised the Kashmir protests and glorified the slain terrorist Burhan Wani.
It is also a part of a strategy chalked out after the audacious terror attack on the Uri Army camp.
Exercising India’s right of reply on the floor of the UNGA, Eenam Gambhir, First Secretary at India’s Permanent Mission to the UN, said, “The worst violation of human rights is terrorism. When practiced as an instrument of state policy it is a war crime. What my country and our other neighbours are facing today is Pakistan’s long-standing policy of sponsoring terrorism, the consequences of which have spread well beyond our region.”
“Pakistan channelizes billions of dollars, much of it diverted from international aid, to training, financing and supporting terrorist groups as militant proxies against its neighbours,” India rebutted in a sharply-worded take-down at the UN,” the statement said.
Pointing out that the “trail of the 9/11 attacks had led back to the military garrison town of Abbottabad in Pakistan” Gambhir said, “The land of Taxila, one of the greatest learning centres of ancient times, is now host to the Ivy League of terrorism. It attracts aspirants and apprentices from all over the world. The effects of its toxic curriculum are felt across the globe.”
She also pointed out the freedom and pen support that terrorists and their organizations enjoyed from Pakistan’s military-political establishment.
“Even today we have heard support by the Prime Minister of Pakistan for a self-acknowledged commander of a known terrorist organization Hizbul Mujahideen,” she said, attacking Sharif’s mention of terrorist Burhan Wani in his speech earlier.
“It is ironical therefore that we have seen today the preaching of human rights and ostensible support for self-determination by a country which has established itself as the global epicentre of terrorism,” she said.
“We have heard Pakistan, whose nuclear proliferation record is marked by deception and deceit, talking about restraint, renunciation and peace. Perhaps renunciation of lies and self-restraint on threats could be a good place for Pakistan to start,” she concluded.
Calling Pakistan a “democracy deficit country”, India said the country practises terrorism on its own people. “It extends support to extremist groups, it suppresses minorities and women and denies basic human rights including through draconian laws.”
– India Blooms News Service