We built IITs, IIMs; you made LeT, JeM: Sushma Swaraj to Pakistan at UNGA
New York: External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj today addressed 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). As expected, she raised issues like the global fight against terrorism, climate change and the Security Council’s reform in her address. She hit out at Pakistan in the hardest possible words, saying that it is fighting us while we are fighting poverty. Swaraj slammed Pakistan over terrorism, saying that if Pakistan had spent the money on national welfare instead of on promoting terrorism then the country would have made progress.
EAM @SushmaSwaraj ends by reciting a verse:
May all be happy;
May all be healthy;
May all see what is good;
May all be free from suffering.
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“PM Narendra Modi has offered the hand of peace and friendship. Pakistan’s Prime Minister must answer why his nation spurned this offer.”
“Pak PM has recalled old resolutions that have been long overtaken by events. But his memory has conveniently failed him where it matters,” she said.
She asks Pakistani leaders to introspect as to why India is recognised as global IT superpower while Pakistan is infamous as ‘export factory for terror’.
While India made institutes like IIT, IIM and AIIMS Pakistan created terror groups like LeT, JeM, Hizbul Mujahideen and Haqqani Network, says Swaraj.
“Terrorism is as ‘existentialist danger’ to humankind,” she said.
EAM attacks Pakistan in UNGA address, saying, “While we’re fighting poverty, our neighbour Pakistan is fighting us.”
“When Pakistan PM was speaking here tow days ago, and accusing India of terrorism and human rights violation, everyone was saying ‘Look, who’s talking’.”
“India Pakistan got independence together. While India set out on a path of development, Pakistan did what?”
“While we made IITs and IIMs, Pakistan made Lashkar-e-Tayiba and Haqquani Network,” she said.
EAM: PM @narendramodi has offered the hand of peace and friendship. Pakistan’s Prime Minister must answer why his nation spurned this offer.
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# EAM: Our contemporary world is trapped in a deluge of troubles of which, surely, the most dangerous is the relentless rise of violence.
# EAM admires and supports the determination of new Secretary-General to prepare and strengthen UN to meet the challenges of the 21st century.
# Sushma Swaraj begins her address at UNGA
The General Assembly debate began at 6.30 pm. Swaraj is listed 8th in the list of speakers. On an average, a speaker addresses the general assembly for 10 minutes, but most of the time leaders take more time than that.
While India strongly responded to Pakistan Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi’s rhetoric on Kashmir in the UN General Assembly, it would not be surprising that Swaraj asserts the government’s position on this one more time.