‘Pakistan uses terrorism as legitimate instrument of statecraft’: India at UN

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India has rejected Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s speech at the United Nations and accused him of misusing the global forum to ‘distort reality and portray a false picture of the challenges in our region’.

“Seeking to mask its activities as though an outcome of domestic discontent in the Indian State of Jammu and Kashmir carries no credibility with the world,” he added.

“It is, except that the occupier in question is Pakistan. In fact, India’s reservations about the proposed China-Pakistan Economic Corridor stem from the fact that it passes through Indian territory illegally occupied by Pakistan for many years,” he added.

Mr Singh said noted Pakistan’s apparent regret that dialogue has not progressed and said, “If it is so, this is because Pakistan has chosen to disregard its commitments, whether it was under the 1972 Simla Agreement, the 2004 Joint Declaration forswearing terrorism, or more recently, the understanding between our two Prime Ministers at Ufa. On each occasion, it is India that has extended the hand of friendship. India remains open even today to engage Pakistan on outstanding issues in an atmosphere free of terrorism and violence.”

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