Pakistan says India lost opportunity of dialogue on important issues

PM Abbasi addresses 72nd session of the UNGA

PM Abbasi addresses the 72nd session of the UNGA

In a strong attack against Pakistan, India told the UN General Assembly on Saturday that its neighbour's commitment to terrorism as an instrument of official policy has not abated one bit.

India has long accused Pakistan of arming rebel groups in Kashmir, a Himalayan territory divided between the two countries but claimed in full by both. "Schools all over India had observed two minutes silence in their memory". "Pakistan faces Indian-orchestrated terrorism such as the Peshawar attack, Mastung attack and countless others and the capturing of Indian Naval officer Kulbhushan Jadhev provided evidence of Indian-executed terrorism in Pakistan", he said.

The foreign minister also briefed the United Nations chief on atrocities committed by Indian occupying forces in the valley.

"The killers of 9/11 met their fate; but the mastermind of 26/11 Hafiz Saeed still roams the streets of Pakistan with impunity", the Minister said, comparing the 9/11 terrorist attacks in the United States with the 2008 November terrorist attack on Mumbai.

"This is vintage verbal duplicity", Gambhir said, citing the example of Princeton economic professor Atif Mian.

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# Hours after Sushma, Pakistan's address at 10 pm: A heated war of words is expected as Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi is scheduled to address the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) session at 10 pm (PST), hours after his Indian counterpart's speech. "While in the last UNGA session, India found an often repeated pretext in propagating jingoism against so-called Pakistan sponsored terrorism, this time the opportunity was stolen by the Pakistani PM by offer for talks".

She said Qureshi's speech was made up of "fake allegations and fake facts" which can only make for a "fake vision".

Speaking in Urdu, Qureshi said Pakistan sought resolution of all the issues through a comprehensive and serious dialogue.

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

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"They preferred politics over peace", he said.

Pakistan recently issued postage stamps of Burhan Wani, a charismatic Kashmiri rebel commander killed by Indian troops in July 2016, whose death sparked a wave of violent protests in the territory. Let me recollect for the new government of Pakistan the outpouring of sorrow and pain in India that followed the massacre of innocent children in 2014. He said the UN Secretary General will soon visit India and Pakistan. He said members from India's minority communities are publicly lynched at the hands of Hindu zealots.

"He (Qureshi) stressed on peaceful resolution of the (Kashmir) dispute, reflecting the wishes of the people of Jammu and Kashmir, in accordance with the UN Security Council resolutions is important".

Gambhir also established the importance of the state of Jammu and Kashmir saying that it is an integral part of India and continue to be so.

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