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Shun terror & we’ll talk, India tells Pak

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United Nations, October 1
 

Rubbishing Pakistan's four-point formula for peace, India on Thursday asserted that it is ready to discuss all issues if the neighbouring country addresses "just one" point of ending terrorism emanating from there as she proposed the NSA-level talks to address the problem.

 

 Addressing the UN General Assembly, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj referred to the perpetrators of 26/11 attacks who continue to roam freely in Pakistan and pressed the world community to ensure that countries which provide finances, safe havens and arms to terrorists "pay a heavy price".

 

A day after Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif raked up Kashmir, Swaraj used the same forum to raise the issue of "illegal occupation of parts of the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir" by Pakistan and said terror attacks from there were engineered to legitimise it.

 

She made it clear that terrorism emanating from Pakistan was hampering normalisation of bilateral relations as she underlined that "talks and terror cannot go together".

 

"Yesterday, the Prime Minister of Pakistan proposed what he termed as a four-point new peace initiative. I would like to respond. We do not need four points, we need just one — give up terrorism and let us sit down and talk," Swaraj said while addressing the 193-member body.

 

She said this was precisely what was discussed and decided by the two Prime Ministers at Ufa this July. "Let me use this occasion to spell out our approach clearly. India remains open to dialogue," Swaraj said in her 25-minute speech in Hindi. Sharing the challenges that India faces in its ties with Pakistan, the External Affairs Minister said "None of us can accept that terrorism is a legitimate instrument of statecraft." — PTI

 

 

Sushmaspeak at UNGA

"Yesterday, the Prime Minister of Pakistan proposed what he termed as a four-point new peace initiative. I would like to respond. We do not need four points, we need just one — give up terrorism and let us sit down and talk."

 

"Let me use this occasion to spell out our approach clearly. India remains open to dialogue. Let us hold talks at the NSA level on all issues connected to terror and an early meeting to address the border situation."