India started a campaign to isolate Pakistan at the United Nations on Monday, telling the 193-member General Assembly it was time to identify countries who nurture, peddle and export terrorism and isolate them if they don’t join the international fight.
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said the arrest of Pakistani Bahadur Ali was “living proof of Pakistan’s complicity in crossborder terror.” India has said Ali admitted that he was trained by the Lashkar e Taiba (LeT).
“But when confronted with such evidence, Pakistan stays in denial. It persists in the belief that such assaults will empower it to get the territory it covets,” she said on the final day of the annual assembly of world leaders at the United Nations.
“My firm guidance to Pakistan is: abandon this wish. Let me say unequivocally that Jammu and Kashmir is an intrinsic part of India and will always remain so,” Swaraj said.
India accuses Pakistan of having a part in a September 18 raid on Uri army base in Kashmir, one of the most deadly attacks in the Himalayan region that’s been divided since 1947 and lies at the heart of the nuclear-armed neighbors’ competition. Pakistan denies any role in the strike.
“We must forget our prejudices and join hands together to script a powerful strategy against terror,” Swaraj said. “And if any state will not join this international strategy, then we must isolate it.”
Prime Minister Narendra Modi vowed to mount a worldwide effort to isolate Pakistan. Last month U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry encouraged Pakistan to join other countries in fighting terrorism.
India has accused Pakistan of backing militant groups of sending fighters to other parts of the country to carry out acts of violence in disputed Kashmir too as operating. Pakistan denies the claims.
“What preconditions?” “We took the initiative to solve problems not on the foundation of states, but on the basis of friendship.”
Pakistan’s U.N. Ambassador Maleeha Lodhi disregarded Swaraj’s statement on Monday as “a litany of falsehoods and baseless allegations.”
“For the Indian Foreign Minister to claim that her state has imposed no preconditions for talks with Pakistan is another flight from reality. India frozen talks more than a year past, and has refused to resume these despite repeated offers from Pakistan,” Lodhi said.