Pakistan glorifies killers, India cant pursue talks: Sushma Swaraj at UNGA

Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi addresses the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly UN headquarters. —AP

Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi addresses the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly UN headquarters. —AP

"We need to bring them to accountability through worldwide law", Swaraj said in her address to the General Debate of the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly here. But due to their attitude, the Indian government lost this opportunity for the third time.

She said even after Osama was taken out by USA special forces, Pakistan continued to behave as if nothing had happened.

The foreign minister said Pakistan is ready to hold dialogue with India to curtail arms race between the two nuclear states.

Qureshi said Pakistan will never forget the killings of children at the Army Public School attack.

She drew attention to Pakistan, printing postage stamps glorifying terrorists - one of the factors that led to India calling off a meeting between her and Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi.

He said Jammu and Kashmir is an internationally-recognised dispute and the United Nations has called for holding of a impartial plebiscite to ascertain the wishes of the Kashmiri people.

Indian media said the meeting between the foreign ministers would have been the first in almost three years.

Referring to Qureshi's statement where he alleged India's involvement in the 2014 Peshawar school attack, the Indian diplomat said, "Among the most outrageous was the preposterous allegation relating to the horrific terror attack on a Peshawar school four years ago. It has validated Pakistan's view", Qureshi stressed.

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.

"We call for the implementation on its recommendations".

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. We will welcome a commission on occupied Kashmir.

In a hard-hitting retort to Pakistan, Swaraj said India has made many efforts to have talks with Islamabad and the only reason they have stopped is because of Pakistan's behaviour. We imagined that the arrival of the 21st Century would bring with it an age of common good, defined by cooperation in the quest for peace and prosperity. "We believe that the resolutions in the Paris conference should not be compromised for industrial interests", he said.

"We get the sense that everything is about the political environment in India and this was a speech aimed at the BJP voters and sending a message to them particularly on the subject of Pakistan rather than projecting a positive and constructive image of India in the world", the Congress leader added.

He further added, "Pakistan knows how to tackle India should it make a mistake".

Moreover, FM Qureshi said that he will be meeting US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on October 2 to discuss bilateral matters.

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