Pakistan says India lost opportunity of dialogue on important issues

Marsha Scott
September 30, 2018

The foreign minister called climate change "a serious issue", and said Pakistan is among those countries who are being adversely affected by the global warming.

She called for the early adoption of "one of the necessary measures in a long running war", the Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism, which was proposed by India in 1996 and has been stalled because of United Nations members can't agree on a definition of terrorism.

Swaraj identified climate change and terrorism as the biggest threats to humanity. Talks with Pakistan have begun many times.

She said that India had proposed a draft document in 1996 on the Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism (CCIT) at the United Nations but even till today, that draft has remained a draft, because United Nations member states can not agree on a common language.

Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, while representing Pakistan at the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in NY on Saturday, highlighted India's state-sponsored terrorism in Pakistan, citing the example of convicted Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav who confessed to the same.

"Pakistan glorifies killers, refuses to see the blood of innocents, and then throws the dust of deceit on India to cover its own guilt", she said.

She also attempted to puncture Pakistan's propaganda on human rights violations, saying the country was siding with those killing people day in and out by issuing postage stamps to decorate them.

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Addressing the 73rd session of the UNGA, Swaraj said, "Our neighbour's expertise is not restricted to spawning grounds for terrorism; it is also an expert in trying to mask malevolence with verbal duplicity". But soon after, Pakistan sponsored terrorists attacked our Air Force base in Pathankot on 2nd January (2016).

"Please explain to me how we could pursue talks in the midst of terrorist bloodshed", she asked.

Pakistan, which was at the receiving end of a blunt attack by India at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) for its "behaviour" towards terrorism, in its reply moved to target "Hindu extremist" Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has warned India that if it did any venture across the Line of Control (LoC), or acted upon its doctrine of limited war against Pakistan, it will evoke an effective, strong and matching response.

"Pakistan has been fighting terrorism for the past 17 years and we have sacrificed thousands of lives", he added.

On Pakistan's accusations of human rights violations in Kashmir, Swaraj slammed the allegations by saying: "Who can be a greater transgressor of human rights than a terrorist?" "Cruelty and barbarism are advertised as heroism". "We hope India will do it as well", he added. He said Pakistan is in the war against terrorism and its army with the support of the masses had ended the scourge from the country.

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