UNGA72 21 September 2017 Right of Reply : India response to Pakistan

UNGA72 21 September 2017 Right of Reply : India response to Pakistan


Mr. President,
I take the floor to exercise the right of reply in response to Pakistan’s defense of
terrorism. It is extraordinary that the state which protected Osama Bin Laden and
sheltered Mullah Omar should have the gumption to play the victim.
By now, all Pakistan’s neighbours are painfully familiar with these tactics to create
a narrative based on distortions, deception and deceit. This august Assembly and the
world beyond know that efforts at creating alternative facts do not change reality.

Mr. President,
In its short history, Pakistan has become a geography synonymous with terror.
The quest for a land of pure has actually produced “the land of pure terror”. Pakistan is
now ”Terroristan’, with a flourishing industry producing and exporting global terrorism.
Its current state can be gauged from the fact that Hafiz Mohammed Saeed, a
leader of the UN designated terrorist organization Lashkar-i-Taiba, is now sought to be
legitimized as a leader of a political party.
This is a country whose 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.
None of this can justify Pakistan’s avaricious efforts to covet the territories of its
neighbours. In so far as India is concerned, Pakistan must understand that the State of
Jammu and Kashmir is and will always remain an integral part of India. However much its
scales up cross-border terrorism, it will never succeed in undermining India’s territorial

Mr. President
We also heard Pakistan complain about the consequences of its supposed counter
terrorism efforts.
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. The polluter, in this case, is paying the

Mr. President,
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. The world does not need
lessons on democracy and human rights from a country whose own situation is charitably
described as a failed state.

Mr. President,
Terroristan is in fact a territory whose contribution to the globalisation of terror is
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.

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