India expected to focus on Pakistan, terrorism


External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj during her meeting with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on the sidelines of UN General Assembly session on Friday raised the issue of terrorism and H-1B.

Swaraj is expected to take on Pakistan over terrorism and Kashmir issue.

"Her (Swaraj's) measured responses in spite of provocations speak volumes of her maturity and tenacity".

EAM Sushma Swaraj was on her oratory best on Saturday as she lambasted Pakistan for nurturing terrorism with her one-liners.

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.

During the meeting between Swaraj and Rabbani, both the nations agreed to undertake 116 projects in Afghanistan to promote and further develop the partnership between India and Afghanistan.

Sushma Swaraj's speech at UN General Assembly laid focus on global terrorism. Speaking in Hindi, she began by listing out some of the Narendra Modi government's developmental programs, including Jan Dhan, perhaps the world's largest financial inclusion scheme, which has brought 300 million people into the banking network.

Swaraj also renewed India's call for speeding up United Nations reforms to expand the Security Council with a sense of urgency, to include more permanent members - India is a leading claimant. He said, "Pakistan has faced unremitting hostility from its eastern neighbor" since its creation.

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To this end, the United Nations secretary general should appoint a special envoy on Kashmir.

She added that India had produced scholars, doctors and engineers but the Asian neighbour Pakistan produced terrorists.

Yesterday, India said Pakistan has become synonymous with terror.

"Whereas we produce IITs and IIMs, you (Pak) have produced LeT and Jaish-e-Muhammed".

"Pakistan's Prime Minister claimed that his nation's founder Mohammad Ali Jinnah had bequeathed a foreign policy based on peace and friendship".

She took a dig at the worldwide community too for first failing to recognise terrorism as a global threat and dismissing it as a "law and order" problem and also for continuing to quibble over the the definition of terrorism.

With an attempt to unmask Pakistan at the worldwide stage, Swaraj vehemently attacked the neighbouring country, saying: "While we (India) made Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Indian Institute of Management (IIM), All India Institutes of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Pakistan created Jaish-e- Mohammed, Lashkar-e-Taiba, Hizb-ul-Mujahideen". "Pakistan is responsible for aborting that peace process", she alleged.