India names Pakistan a Terroristan

India has said that Pakistan is providing safe heaven to global terrorists. In its right of reply in response to Pakistan Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi’s address at the 72nd session of the UN General Assembly, India said Pakistan has become a geography synonimous with terror and Pakistan is now ‘Terroristan’ with a flourishing industry producing and exporting global terrorism.

India’s representative Eenam Gambhir said, Terroristan is in fact a territory whose contribution to the globalisation to the terror is unparalleled.

India has described Pakistan as Terroristan, the land of pure terror, Exercising its right to reply at the UN General Assembly in New York, India said, Pakistan has become a geography synonymous with terror with a flourishing industry producing and exporting global terrorism.

First Secretary in the Permanent Mission of India to the UN, Eenam Gambhir said, Terroristan is in fact a territory whose contribution to the globalisation of terror is unparalleled. She said, it is extraordinary that the state which protected Osama Bin Laden and sheltered Mullah Omar should have the gumption to play the victim.

Indian diplomat said, by now, all Pakistan’s neighbours are painfully familiar with these tactics to create a narrative based on distortions, deception and deceit. Ms Gambhir said, Pakistan’s current state can be gauged from the fact that Hafiz Saeed, a leader of the UN designated terrorist organisation Lashkar-e-Taiba, is now sought to be legitimised as a leader of a political party. She said, Pakistan’s counter-terrorism policy is to mainstream and upstream terrorists by either providing safe havens to global terror leaders in its military town, or protecting them with political careers.

Ms Gambhir said, none of this can justify Pakistan’s avaricious efforts to covet the territories the State of Jammu and Kashmir is and will always remain an integral part of lndia. She said, Islamabad will never succeed in undermining India’s territorial integrity despite their best efforts to scale up cross-border terrorism.

Ms Gambhir said, having diverted billions of dollars in international military and development aid towards creating a dangerous infrastructure of terror on its own territory, Pakistan is now speaking of the high cost of its terror industry. Attacking Pakistan, she said, the polluter, in this case, is paying the price. Even as terrorists thrive in Pakistan and roam its streets with impunity, we have heard it lecture about the protection of human rights in India. Ms Gambhir said, the world does not need lessons on democracy and human rights from a country whose own situation is charitably described as a failed state.

She said, Pakistan can only be counseled to abandon a destructive worldview that has caused grief to the entire world. If it could be persuaded to demonstrate any commitment to civilization, order, and to peace, it may still find some acceptance in the comity of nations, Ms Gambhir said. Indian diplomat’s reply comes after Pakistan Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi raked up the Kashmir issue at the UN General Assembly.

BRICS countries have strongly condemned terrorism in all forms and its manifestations. In a joint statement, the Foreign ministers of BRICS countries – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, have called for concerted efforts to counter terrorism on a firm international legal basis, under the UN auspices. The statement issued after the meeting of the Ministers on the sidelines of the annual UN General Assembly Sessions said, BRICS countries reaffirmed their commitment to an expeditious adoption of a Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism at the United Nations.

The Foreign Ministers also called for a comprehensive reform of the United Nations to allow India and the fellow members of the five-nation bloc to play an important role in the world body with a view to making it more representative, effective and efficient. Russia and China, the two permanent members of the Security Council from the bloc, reiterated in their statements the significance of Brazil, India and South Africa in international affairs and supported their aspiration to play a greater role in the world body.

External Affairs Minister, Sushma Swaraj will meet US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson today. US State Department today said, the meeting will be the first bilateral meeting and the highest level exchange between India and the United States after Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Washington in June.

The meeting also comes ahead of Defense Secretary Jim Mattis’s visit to India next week. Mrs Swaraj is in New York for the 72nd annual session of the UN General Assembly. She is scheduled to address the world body tomorrow.

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has said that horror of terrorism continues to haunt global peace and security. She was addressing the BRICS Ministerial Meeting in New York last night on the sidelines of United Nations General Assembly session.

Hinting at Pakistan, the Minister said, terror groups draw sustenance from support systems in South Asia. Ms Swaraj said that terrorists continue to find support and shelter in countries which use terrorism as an instrument of State policy.

The External Affairs Minister said countering terrorism must not be a matter of political convenience and efforts, including by States, to use religion to justify, sustain and sponsor terrorism against other countries must be condemned. Ms Swaraj said, there is need for collective efforts to disrupt terrorist networks, their financing and movement.

She also referred to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s call for a BRICS Counter-Terrorism Strategy for Joint Action at the Xiamen BRICS Summit. The Minister called upon BRICS leaders for early conclusion of negotiations and adoption of the Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism in the United Nations.

The Minister said the situation in West Asia remains precarious and the crisis in Gulf has further added to uncertainty. She said the spiral of violence in Afghanistan manifests the complexity of the challenge and the action and rhetoric of North Korea has been a source of growing global concern.

US President Donald Trump has signed a new order that boosts sanctions against North Korea over its nuclear weapons programme. The US treasury has been authorised to target firms and financial institutions conducting business with the North.

Mr. Trump also said China’s Central Bank had instructed other Chinese banks to stop doing business with Pyongyang. It comes less than two weeks after the UN approved new sanctions against the country over its latest nuclear test. Tensions have risen in recent weeks over the North’s continued nuclear and ballistic missile tests, despite pressure from world powers to stop.

US President praised the bold move taken by China’s Central Bank to stop financial transactions with North Korea. He said, the US goal is complete denuclearisation of North Korea.

In his maiden address to the UN General Assembly on Tuesday, Trump had warned North Korea of total destruction if its leader Kim Jong-Un, continued with his provocative behaviour. North Korea fired a missile over Japan earlier this month and tested a hydrogen bomb.

North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un has said his country will consider the highest level of hard-line countermeasure in history against the United States. He said this in response to US President Donald Trump’s threat to destroy North korea.

Calling Trump mentally deranged and his comments the most ferocious declaration of a war in history, Kim said his UN speech on Tuesday confirmed Pyongyang’s nuclear programme has been the correct path.

UN Security Council has warned that a referendum on independence by Iraq’s Kurdistan region was potentially destabilizing, adding its weight to international opposition to the vote. In an unanimous statement, the 15-member council yesterday said the referendum planned for Monday could hinder efforts to help refugees return home and weaken the military campaign against the Islamic State group.

The move heightened pressure on Iraqi Kurd leaders to call off the vote after Turkey, Iran and Iraq urged them to abandon the plan that is also opposed by the United States. The statement said Council members expressed concern over the potentially destabilising impact of the Kurdistan regional government’s plans to unilaterally hold a referendum next week.

Iraqi Kurds will vote on September 25 in the non-binding referendum on whether to declare independence in a region that has already been autonomous since the aftermath of the 1991 Gulf War.

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