Pakistan ‘export factory for terror’, Indian FM says at UNGA

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India’s foreign minister took a swipe at Pakistan Saturday, telling the United Nations (UN) that Islamabad had given the world “terrorists” while India was producing top-notch doctors and engineers.

“Why is it today India is a recognised IT superpower in the world, and Pakistan is recognised only as the pre-eminent export factory for terror?” Sushma Swaraj told the General Assembly.

“We produced scholars, doctors, engineers. What have you produced? You have produced terrorists,” she said.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi stepped up a drive to isolate Pakistan diplomatically after the Uri army base attack in Sept 2016 in which 19 Indian soldiers were killed.

Hours after the attack occurred, Indian Home Minister Rajnath Singh had termed Pakistan a ‘terrorist state’ and accused Pakistan of involvement ─ a claim that Islamabad has denied.

Following the attack, Swaraj at the UNGA last year had said that it was time to identify nations who “nurture, peddle and export terrorism and isolate them if they don’t join the global fight against terrorism.”

Read more: Isolate nations which nurture, peddle and export terrorism: Indian foreign minister at UNGA

Pakistan rejects these allegations, maintaining that India is responsible for financing and carrying out subversive activities, especially in Balochistan and Karachi, which it illustrates with the example of Indian Research and Analysis Wing agent Kulbhushan Jadhav, who was arrested in Balochistan last year.

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