In a strongly-worded speech at the United Nations, Sushma Swaraj hit out at Pakistan for its continued support of terrorism and its interference in Kashmir. Starting off by speaking about the Swachh Bharat campaign, Save the Girl Child and Make in India.
She mentioned India planned to ratify the climate change accord in Paris. She said: "Mr President, I am taking a second topic on climate change. Climate change is a serious challenge. We have enough for enough for everyone's need, but not enough for greed. In this context PM Modi, has championed a new concept called Climate Justice.”
Calling out Pakistan's serial use of terror attacks in India and its role in inciting the worst violence in several years in Kashmir, the minister warned that Islamabad must "abandon this dream" about using terror attacks to "obtain territory it covets." Ms Swaraj said, "Let me state unequivocally that Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of India and will always remain so."
Ms Swaraj's speech was made days after Pakistani premier Nawaz Sharif targeted India at the UN General Assembly, accusing it of human rights atrocities in Kashmir in the weeks after the killing of 22-year-old terrorist Burhan Wani, which triggered over a month of violent clashes between security forces and residents outraged by Wani's death. India has accused Pakistan of inciting the riots that left nearly 90 dead and over 10,000 injured.
Describing terror as "the biggest violation of human rights," Ms Swaraj said that countries who promote and use it must be held accountable. India has launched a global campaign for Pakistan to be isolated after the Uri attack, which was the biggest setback for the military in Kashmir in nearly 15 years.
Strongly slamming Pakistan for harbouring terrorists, she said: "The nations that harbour such terrorists are just as guilty as the terrorists as themselves. On 21st September, Nawaz Sharif made baseless allegations against human rights violations in my country. Those accusing us should introspect the crimes in their own country, like Balochistan. It’s the worst form of human rights violations.”
She said that Pakistan went into denial when given proof of its hand in terrorism. She also added that Jammu and Kashmir was an integral part of India and Pakistan should forget its ‘foolish dream’.
Pointing out that the government of India had gone out of its way to reach out to Pakistan. She said: "Nawaz Sharif wanted pre-conditions. Did we ever seek pre-conditions? Did we impose any pre-conditions when Modi went from Kabul to Lahore? We take initiatives without seeking pre-conditions. We wished him on eid. Wished his cricket team well. Hoped him the best. What did we get in return? Pathakot, Uri? Are we putting conditions or are they putting conditions?” She signed off saying that the UN should adopt Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism to develop norms to prosecute terrorists.