New York, Sep 26, 2016: India’s much-awaited address at the UNGA is scheduled later on Monday with Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj expected to focus on the recent terror attack at Jammu and Kashmir’s Uri, up the ante against Pakistan and seek global support to designate it a state sponsor of terrorism.
Foreign Minister is expected to take matters forward from Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s first public speech after the Uri attack at Kozhikode in Kerala on Saturday, where he criticized Pakistan for supporting and exporting terror, besides warning that the counterpart will be isolated as a “terror state”.
Modi had said: “Rulers of Pakistan, listen. The sacrifices of our 18 soldiers won’t go in vain. India has been successful in isolating you. We will force you to be left alone in the world. That day is not far when people of Pakistan will take to streets to fight against the rulers and fight terrorism.”
Swaraj is also expected to give a befitting reply to an earlier address at the UNGA by Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.
Under the UNGA’s right to reply, after Sharif’s address, the Indian diplomatic mission at the UN was also point-blank and called the neighbouring country the “Ivy League of terror”.
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.”
Earlier, India’s Permanent Representative to the UN, Syed Akbaruddin also said: “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.”
Sushma’s emphasis during her address to the UNGA today is also likely to be equally tough and blunt, diplomats said.