'Pakistan returned our gesture of friendship with terror: Sushma at UNGA

11-sushma-swaraj-pti.jpg.image.975.568 (File) External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj

India on Monday hit hard at Pakistan, saying that there are countries that "speak the language of terror, nurture it, peddle it, and export it" and urged the UN General Assembly to isolate any nation that do not join in the fight against terror.

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, speaking in Hindi at the United Nations General Assembly, also said forcefully that Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of India and Pakistan should "abandon" the dream of ever acquiring it.

Sushma Swaraj called upon the world body to unite in its fight against those who "seed"extremist ideologies.

“The germ of evil has grown into a hydra-headed monster, backed by technological sophistication that threatens the peace and harmony of our world." She said, adding that "If we want to defeat terrorism, there is only one way—that we unite across our differences”.

She said nations that peddle terror must be identified and that such countries should be held to account.

Clearly referring to Pakistan, she said, “These nations, in which UN designated terrorists roam freely, lead processions and deliver their poisonous sermons of hate with impunity, are as culpable as the very terrorists they harbour. Such countries should have no place in the comity of nations”.

Sushma termed Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's allegations of human rights abuses in Jammu and Kashmir as "baseless" and said “those accusing others of human rights violations would do well to introspect and see what egregious abuses they are perpetrating in their own country including in Balochistan. The brutality against the Baloch people represents the worst form of State oppression”.

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