Political parties slam Sharif for glorifying terrorists in UN address; demands made for strong Indian response

New Delhi: On Thursday, various political parties slammed Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif for his speech in United Nations glorifying terrorists and demanded a strong Indian response against it at world fora, even as BJP sought that Pakistan be declared a terrorist state.

Congress slammed Sharif for his Kashmir rant and for glorifying terrorist Burhan Wani at the UN while demanding External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj give a strong and befitting reply during her address at the world body, other parties also joined Congress in attacking Sharif.

BJP demanded that Pakistan be declared a terrorist state, alleging that its Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif spoke like the "supreme commander" of Hizbul Mujahideen and openly campaigned for terrorists at UN General Assembly.

The RSS also attacked Pakistan for committing atrocities in Baluchistan, Sindh and Pakistan-Occupied-Kashmir (PoK) and said its misadventure in Kashmir, where it is making Kashmiris kill their own people, will bring destruction to Pakistan.

The Congress demanded that the government build a strong and factual case for India in front of the International community and asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to consult all parties before deciding on "concrete and tangible steps" in the wake of Pakistani onslaught.

"Conspiratorial omission to Uri Attack in his speech is a public admission of guilt by Pakistan, of its direct involvement in this act of cowardice. There was nothing new in his address, except glorification of terrorists and extremism which Pakistan has adopted as 'state policy'," Congress' chief spokesman Randeep Singh Surjewala said here.

In "glorifying" a terrorist like Burhan Wani, a Hizbul Mujahideen commander who was killed in an encounter with security forces on 8 July, Sharif only reiterated where his and his country's sympathies and support lies, he added.

"The international community must now understand fully that it is not only terrorists in Kashmir that Pakistan supports but its state policy is to provide an umbrella support and sustenance to all those who wreck havoc across the world," Surjewala added.

"If you look at Nawaz Sharif's speech, Kashmir occupies half the space. In some way, this entire approach by Sharif undermines the Uri attack, because on one hand you want to talk in terms of human rights violations and you want to put your neighbouring country in the dock. But the world has seen that you are exporting terrorists and militants to that country," senior Congress leader Shashi Tharoor said.

A file photo of Nawaz Sharif. AP

A file photo of Nawaz Sharif. AP

BJP general secretary Ram Madhav said, "Nawaz Sharif at the United Nations on Wednesday was at his pathetic best. He talked not like the supreme commander of Pakistan, but he talked like the supreme commander of Hizbul Mujahideen."

"It clearly shows that there is no need for any further explanation. Pakistan should straight away be declared a terrorist state", Madhav said.

Sharif was openly campaigning for one of his terror commanders Burhan Wani of Hizbul Mujahideen, he said adding "It is so pathetic to see the Prime Minister of Pakistan campaigning for the cause of UN designated terror organisation."

Madhav also said that India has already given a befitting response to Pakistan at the diplomatic level and would respond accordingly to its Uri misadventure at various levels.

Describing Pakistan as a 'renegade state' that has emerged as the 'central processing unit' (CPU) of global terror, Surjewala said in what has now become habitual, Sharif again invoked Kashmir at a multilateral forum, despite Pakistan being a signatory to the Shimla Accord.

"We urge upon the Prime Minister and the government to consult all political parties in taking a concrete and tangible step on this," he added.

RSS leader Indresh Kumar said thousands of people have been killed in Baluchistan, Sindh and Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir and lakhs have been displaced there and all this would prove costly for Pakistan.

"Pakistan is trying to get Kashmiris killed by Kashmiris. Nawaz Sharif's tune on Kashmir is not in sync and Pakistan's misadventure in Kashmir will lead to its own destruction," he told PTI.

BJP spokesman Nalin Kohli hit out at Sharif saying it is evident from his speech that terror outfits and terrorists are accorded highest priority in Pakistan which is not just a threat to peace in the subcontinent but the entire humanity.

"Pakistan is a farce of democracy where the perpetrators of terror and terrorists and those who work with terror network clearly get the highest priority. It is most evident in the Pakistani Prime Minister's speech Wednesday at the United Nations," he said.

BJP national secretary Shrikant Sharma dubbed Pakistan as a terrorist state as it has been hatching conspiracies against India and sending terrorists to India but said it will not succeed in its devious attempts.

"Pakistan will never be successful in its devious attempts. We have isolated it across the world. Pakistan exports terror and terrorists like Osama bin Laden and Hafiz Sayeed are found there. Our armed forces and agencies will not allow Pakistan to succeed in its attempts," he said.

Rubbishing Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's speech at the UN, the Janata Dal (United) said he will deny all acts of terror sponsored by his country, adding that India must learn to accept this situation and proceed with its diplomatic, offensive and other measures.

He said Sharif will seek to claim total deniability on the acts of terror sponsored by Pakistan and no amount of evidence provided to his government will make him change his views and thus India must learn to accept this situation and proceed with its diplomatic, offensive and other measures accordingly.

Updated Date: Sep 23, 2016 08:20 AM

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