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Mere speech won't pay tribute to martyrs: Shiv Sena on Sushma's UNGA statement

Updated: Sep 27, 2016 09:02 IST

Mumbai [India], Sept. 27 (ANI): Seemingly disappointed with External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj's speech at the United Nations, the Shiv Sena on Tuesday said mere lectures and speeches would create neither fear in the mind of Pakistan nor would be a tribute to India's martyrs.

"People like Nawaz Sharif and Pervez Musharraf challenge India by taking its name on the international platform, whereas India fears to take Pakistan's name. Why? Mere lectures and speeches won't create fear in the mind of Pakistan. Neither Pakistan will learn anything from it, nor would the speeches be a tribute to our martyrs," Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut told ANI.

"I welcome what Sushmaji said at the UNGA, but merely speaking words won't affect Pakistan. We should understand that Pakistan is a terrorist nation and it won't understand through words. Cornering Pakistan at the UN level is a just a waste of time. It seems like we are following the sacrifice of 18 soldiers who died in Uri. Another Uri attack will take place and the same things would repeat," he added.

Responding to Sushma's statement, wherein she said that India, despite trying numerous times to build friendly ties with Pakistan, got Pathankot and Uri attacks in return, Raut said there was no point in trying to be friends with a hostile neighbour.

"We talk about isolating Pakistan globally, but we should first isolate Pakistan. We should end all our ties with them. It would have been better if an announcement was made at the UN that India is ending all its ties with Pakistan.We give great speeches, be it Prime Minister Modi or External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, but we should understand that speeches will not protect our country," he said.

Delivering a very strong message to Pakistan at the 71st session of the UNGA, Swaraj said, "My firm advice to Pakistan is: abandon this dream. Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of India and will always remain so."

Responding to Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's statements at the UNGA, where he accused India of "committing brutalities in the Kashmir Valley" and hailed Hizbul-Mujahideen terrorists Burhan Wani as a "young leader", Swaraj said "On 21st September, the Prime Minister of Pakistan used this podium to make baseless allegations about human rights violations in my country. I can only say that those accusing others of human rights violations would do well to introspect and see what egregious abuses they are perpetrating in their own country, including in Balochistan. The brutality against the Baloch people represents the worst form of State oppression."

Going hammer and tongs at Pakistan, Swaraj said, "In our midst, there are nations that still speak the language of terrorism, that nurture it, peddle it, and export it. To shelter terrorists has become their calling card. We must identify these nations and hold them to account. These nations, in which UN designated terrorists roam freely, lead processions and deliver their poisonous sermons of hate with impunity, are as culpable as the very terrorists they harbour. Such countries should have no place in the comity of nations."

Eighteen Indian Army soldiers were killed and over 20 others were injured in an encounter with the terrorists at the Army Brigade headquarters in Uri, Jammu and Kashmir last Sunday. This is the highest casualty the army has suffered in a single attack in last two decades.

All four terrorists involved in the attack were killed in what has emerged as worse than the attack on the Pathankot air base earlier in January this year, in which seven army men were killed. (ANI)

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