External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj today launched a blistering attack on Pakistan for providing safe haven to terrorism, but also at trying to mask malevolence with verbal duplicity. Delivering her speech at the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly in New York, she told the world leaders that the most startling evidence of Pakistan’s duplicity was the fact that Osama Bin Laden, the architect and ideologue of 9/11 terror attack was given safe haven in the country.
Even after the world’s most wanted terrorist was killed by American Special Forces, he accused that Pakistan continued to behave as if nothing had happened. But, she said later but 26/11 mastermind Hafiz Sayeed is still roaming free in Pakistan. Swaraj’s speech at the global stage comes at a time when India has been trying to get a permanent seat at the UN and the recent killing of 3 SPO’s in Kashmir even as Pakistan invited foreign ministers of India for a talk.She deplored that “Pakistan’s commitment to terrorism as an instrument of official policy has not abated one bit. Neither has its belief in hypocrisy.”
Even lamenting USA’s soft attitude towards Pakistan, she recalled that “America had declared Osama bin Laden it’s most dangerous enemy, and launched an exhaustive, worldwide search to bring him to justice. What America perhaps could not comprehend was that Osama would get sanctuary in a country that claimed to be America’s friend and ally: Pakistan,”
Eventually, she said that it was America’s intelligence services discovered the truth of this hypocrisy, and its special forces delivered justice. “What is heartening is that the world is no longer ready to believe Islamabad,” she said citing that Financial Action Task Force (FATF) has put Pakistan on notice over terror funding.
In a searing attack on Pakistan, Sushma Swaraj said “In India’s case, terrorism is not bred in some faraway land, but from across our border. Who can be a greater transgressor of human rights than a terrorist? Those who take innocent human lives in pursuit of war by other means are defenders of inhuman behaviour, not of human rights.”