BRICS backs Indian push for United Nations convention on terror

Ebony Scott
September 24, 2017

External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj addresses the United Nations General Assembly high-level meeting to launch the global pact for environment on Tuesday at the UN headquarters.

But as anticipated, she dealt at some length on Pakistan, issuing a forceful rejoinder to the Pakistani premier, who had accused India from that podium of human rights violations in Kashmir and refusing to resume the stalled peace process.

"Her (Swaraj's) measured responses in spite of provocations speak volumes of her maturity and tenacity".

But the real rebuke came-as it had to-from India's foreign minister, Sushma Swaraj, during her speech at the UNGA on Saturday (Sept. 23).

This is published unedited from the PTI feed. "While India is known as an IT superpower, the world knows Pakistan as the terrorist state in the world".

Praising the comments made by the external affairs minister on terrorism, the prime minister said:"A strong message was given by @SushmaSwaraj Ji on the dangers of terrorism and why we have to unite and fight this menace".

This focus on reforms and poverty alleviation turned out to be a flawless distraction, as Swaraj deftly pivoted to a more contentious issue. She also described Pakistan as "the greatest exporter of havoc, death and inhumanity".

Swaraj also said that Pakistan's Prime Minister must answer why Islamabad spurned Prime Minister Narendra Modi's offer of peace and friendship with the neighbouring country.

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The deputy foreign minister added the "main task is to find a political and diplomatic solution", and once again suggested Beijing's "suspension for suspension" approach.

"Whereas we produce IITs and IIMs, you (Pak) have produced LeT and Jaish-e-Muhammed".

Highlighting the struggle of the Kashmiri people for their right to self-determination, PM Abbasi said India refuses to implement the unanimous resolutions of the UN Security Council, which mandate a UN-supervised plebiscite to enable the people of occupied Kashmir to freely decide their destiny.

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.

As she spoke in Hindi, with simultaneous translations in five languages, from the dark stone podium embossed with the United Nations logo, she received applause when she talked of fighting terrorism.

BRICS countries continued important role as engines of global growth, the ministers reiterated the need to boost world economic growth including through macro-economic policy coordination and improving global economic governance.

"I was struck by how Swaraj pushed back so hard against the Pakistani premier's speech", Michael Kugelman, senior associate for south Asia at Washington DC's Woodrow Wilson Centre, told Quartz.

India also exposed Pakistan by citing Hafiz Mohammed Saeed's recent move to contest polls there.

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