After it called off talks between the foreign ministers, India last week issued a demarche to Pakistan over the issue of commemorative postage stamps glorifying Hizbul terrorist Burhan Wani whose killing in 2016 had led to another wave of unrest in the Valley.
India's Sushma Swaraj pointed to the fact that Osama bin Laden had been living quietly in Pakistan before he was found and killed by a team of U.S. Navy SEALs, and said the mastermind of the 2008 attack in Mumbai in which 168 people died "still roams the streets of Pakistan with impunity".
India and Pakistan exchanged barbs at the United Nations on Saturday after plans for a rare meeting between the foreign ministers in NY fell through. "Our neighbor's expertise is not restricted to spawning grounds for terrorism, it is also an expert in trying to mask malevolence with verbal duplicity".
The Indian leader told the world body that after assuming power, Pakistan's new Prime Minister Imran Khan wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi suggesting a meeting between the countries' foreign ministers on the margins of the General Assembly. We believe that talks are only rational means to resolve the most complex of disputes.
He said that India must stop human rights violations in the Occupied Kashmir and stop ceasefire violations at the Line of Control. "Hence, our belief that talks and terror can not go together", he said.
FM Qureshi also warned the United Nations chief to remain wary of Indian propaganda, "Pakistan is willing to hold talks with India for peace and is ready to talk with India on all matters, however, India should also play its role". Those who take innocent human lives in pursuit of war by other means are defenders of inhuman behavior, not of human rights.
Naming terrorism and climate change as the two existential threats to humanity, Ms. Swaraj called for increasingly efficient multilateralism to tackle global challenges.
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj. Pursuing the Pakistan topic further, Swaraj asked, "Who can be a greater transgressor of human rights than a terrorist?"
"We urged the United Nations to form a commission to investigate human rights violations in occupied Kashmir". Swaraj continued hitting out at Pakistan and said that Islamabad was glorifying killers but refuses to see the blood of innocents.
We need to change the institution's head and heart to make both compatible to contemporary reality.