At UN General Assembly, Sushma Swaraj likely to follow Narendra Modi's stance on Pakistan

New York: External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj will address the UN General Assembly (UNGA) on Monday, where she is expected to lead India's attack on Pakistan and seek global support to dub it a "terror state", following the Uri terror attack that killed 18 soldiers.

Taking a cue from Prime Minister Narendra Modi's first public speech, post the 18 September Uri attack, on Saturday where he openly warned Pakistan of isolating it internationally, the External Affairs Minister is likely to take a tough stance, and is likely to be blunt, vis-a-vis the western neighbour.

File photo of India's External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj. AP

File photo of India's External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj. AP

"Leading India's delegation to the 71st UNGA. EAM @SushmaSwaraj arrives in New York," External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup said in a tweet.

Modi on Saturday said India will totally isolate Pakistan in the international arena for "exporting terror".

Earlier this week, while responding to Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's tirade against India under right to reply, the Indian diplomatic mission at the UN was also point-blank and did not hesitate to call the neighbouring country "Ivy League of terror".

Sushma Swaraj's tone during her address to the UNGA on Monday is also likely to be equally tough and blunt. India's much-awaited address at the United Nations General Assembly is scheduled later on Monday with External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj expected to focus on the recent terror attack at Uri in Kashmir, up the ante against Pakistan and seek global support to dub it a "terror state".

"Rulers of Pakistan, listen. The sacrifices of our 18 soldiers won't go in vain. India has been successful in isolating you. We will force you to be left alone in the world. That day is not far when people of Pakistan will take to streets to fight against the rulers and fight terrorism," Modi had said.

Sushma Swaraj is also expected to give a befitting reply to an earlier address at the UNGA by Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

Under the UNGA's right to reply, after Sharif's address, the Indian diplomatic mission at the UN was also point-blank and called the neighbouring country the "Ivy League of terror".

In the three-minute rebuttal, Indian diplomat Eenam Gambhir raised the possibility of Pakistan being guilty of war crimes for sponsoring terrorism as an instrument of state policy and ridiculed the country as the centre for terrorism education.

Sushma's tone during her address to the UNGA on Monday is also likely to be equally tough and blunt, diplomats said.


Updated Date: Sep 26, 2016 10:39 AM

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