India dubs Pak as the `Ivy League of terror'

Bluntly calling Pakistan a terrorist state and a global epicentre of terrorism, India told the UN that Islamabad's use of terror as an instrument of state policy was a war crime. “The worst violation of human rights is terrorism. When practised as an instrument of state policy it is a war crime,“ first secretary Eenam Gambhir said in response to Pakistan PM Sharif 's speech in which he had raised J-K. Observing how so many terror attacks, including 911, led to Pakistan, she said, “The land of Taxila, one of the greatest learning centres of ancient times, is now host to the Ivy League of terrorism.“ First secretary Eenam Gambhir's response to what she described as Pakistan's “long tirade“ about the situation in J-K was short, furious, and unprecedented in its intensity and descriptions. It also indicated a new Indian resolve to push for having Pakistan recognised as a nuclear proliferating terrorist state based on its record and substantial evidence of its nurturing of terror groups.
There was a specific reference to the hunt for Osama bin Laden leading to Abbottabad, Pakistan, where he was found and killed next to a Pakistan military garrison. Several other terrorists, including Mullah Omar, Ramzi Yousef, and Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, not to speak of numerous foot soldiers, including last week's New York bomber, have found refuge and inspiration in Pakistan. “It attracts aspirants and apprentices from all over the world. The effect of its toxic curriculum are felt across the globe,“ Gambhir explained in this context, as India for the first time brought to the world's attention the fallout of Pakistan's nurturing of terrorist groups that the UN itself has recorded and proscribed.
“It is ironical, therefore, that we have seen today the preaching of human rights and ostensible support for self-determination by a country which has established itself as the global epicentre of terrorism,“ Gambhir added in a reference to Sharif 's remarks on Jammu and Kashmir. More humiliation followed as Gambhir also accused Pakistan of diverting international aid for terrorism, raising the possibility that New Delhi will now begin a campaign to cut off assistance on which Islamabad subsists.Hillary Clinton, among others, have acknowledged that aid money is fungible, and a further US squeeze on assistance, not withstanding the small amounts China and the Gulf monarchs toss at Pakistan, could be disastrous.
“What we see in Pakistan, Mr President, is a terrorist state, which channelises billions of dollars, much of it diverted from international aid, to training, financing and supporting terrorist groups as militant proxies against it neighbors,“ Gambhir told the UN, many of whose members give aid that enables Pakistan to survive. “Terrorist entities and their leaders, including many designated by the UN, continue to roam its streets freely and operate with state support. With the approval of authorities, many terrorist organisations raise funds openly in flagrant violation of Pakistan's international obligations,“ Gambhir reminded them in a reference to Hafiz Saeed, a terrorist with bounty money on him. India also took aim at the internal tensions in Pakistan, calling it a “country with a democracy deficit“.“In fact, it practises terrorism on its own people. It extends support to extremist groups, it suppresses minorities and women and denies basic human rights including through draconian laws,“ Gambhir told UN delegates, in what may be just a warm-up to external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj's speech, expected later in the week.
In one short sentence, the Indian representative addressed any concern at the UN over the Kashmir issue ­ including from many OIC and Arab monarchies and dictatorships that profess support to Pakistan but are also victims of terrorism. “As a democracy , India is firmly resolved to protect all our citizens from all acts of terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir. We cannot and will not allow terrorism to prevail,“ she said.She also reminded them that India's (and Pakistan's) neighbors (which include Muslim-majority Afghanistan, Bangladesh, and Iran) suffer the effects of Pakistan's state-sponsored terrorism, even as its consequences had spread well beyond the region.
Terrorists inspired, facilitated, and trained in Pakistan have struck throughout the world, including in New York, London, San Bernardino, and Brussels, among other cities. The Indian representative also ridiculed Sharif 's talk of nuclear restraint and peace, reminding the UN that Pakistan's “nuclear proliferation record is marked by deception and deceit“. “Similar false promises it has made to us­ the international community­ on terrorism. Perhaps renunciation of lies and self-restraint on threats could be a good place for Pakistan to start,“ Gambhir concluded scornfully .
It was the strongest Indian riposte to periodic tiffs with Pakistan that has been seen in 22 years, including during the Kargil war.

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