United Nations, Sep 24, 2016: After Pakistan failed to grab any support in United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) and Islamabad has been isolated globally over spreading terrorism, according to senior Indian personnel basking in the bloom of what they see as a diplomatic triumph.
India’s Permanent Representative to the UN, Syed Akbaruddin told media “Terrorism is a primary concern for countries around the world and of the about 131 countries that have spoken as of Friday morning at the UN General Assembly summit, “90 percent” raised the issue and its dangers and 130 did not mention the issue that Pakistan raked up.”
Replying a question about the isolation of Pakistan, he said: “Diplomacy is the art of the possible” and asked: “Are you seeing any other countries raising the issues Pakistan has?”
Following a sustained diplomatic campaign, Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif spoke extensively on Wednesday at the Assembly on Kashmir. However, he left the biggest international form with bare hands.
Addressing a press briefing along with MEA spokesperson Vikas Swarup, Akbaruddin said that External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj will travel to New York on Saturday and will address the UNGA on September 26.
Raising the possibility that Pakistan may be guilty of war crimes for sponsoring terrorism as an instrument of state policy, Junior diplomat Eenam Gambhir made a strong three-minute rebuttal and said that “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.”
Sharif’s speech came days after a militants attack on Jammu and Kashmir’s Uri that resulted in the death of 18 soldiers and New Jersey where a man connected with links to Pakistan apprehended.
“That kept the issue of Pakistan’s links to international terror fresh,” Gambhir, a first secretary at the Indian Mission referred to 9/11, noting that force behind the attack was found in Abbottabad in Pakistan.
However, Every leader that M.J. Akbar, the MoS for External Affairs, met on the sidelines of the Assembly session condoled the recent terrorist attack on the Indian army base in Uri, Akbaruddin said.