"We must condemn efforts, including by States, to use religion to justify, sustain and sponsor terrorism against other countries", Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj said in a speech at the BRICS Ministerial Meeting on the sidelines of UN General Assembly. In its reply, India's First Secretary to the United Nations, Eenam Gambhir, said Pakistan has no right to raise Kashmir issues on global forums. Eenam Gambhir, First Secretary in the Permanent Mission of India to the United Nations, said, "Even as terrorists thrive in Pakistan and roam its streets with impunity, we have heard it lecture about the protection of human rights in India".
Meanwhile, India's External Affairs Minister (EAM) Sushma Swaraj said that there can't be a justification for any act of terrorism.
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Sushma Swaraj's speech at UN General Assembly laid focus on global terrorism.
"There is need for collective efforts to disrupt terrorist networks, their financing and movement", she added.
Swaraj also raised the issue of H1-B visa, with Tillerson, which is most sought by Indian IT professionals.
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Swaraj said, "A country that has been the world's greatest exporter of havoc, death and inhumanity became a champion of hypocrisy by preaching about humanity from this podium". If we continue to differentiate between good terrorists and bad terrorists, how can we fight together?
"We produced scholars, doctors, engineers".
She said Prime Minister Narendra Modi had offered the hand of peace and friendship but Pakistan spurned the offer.
Highlighting the struggle of the Kashmiri people for their right to self-determination, PM Abbasi said India refuses to implement the unanimous resolutions of the UN Security Council, which mandate a UN-supervised plebiscite to enable the people of occupied Kashmir to freely decide their destiny.
To this end, the United Nations secretary general should appoint a special envoy on Kashmir. What have you produced?
Swaraj kicked off her official engagements on Thursday (21 September) with BRICS Ministerial Meeting; UNHQ followed by a meeting with Kyrgyzstan Foreign Minister. She said, "India has displayed courage & leadership to take tough decisions which have launched interlinked process of sustainable development".
He also waned, "India does venture across the LoC, or acts upon its doctrine of "limited" war against Pakistan, it will evoke a strong and matching response".