Pakistan on Saturday warned India of a “strong and matching response” if the latter tried to venture across the LoC. Speaking at the high-level United Nations General Assembly session in New York, Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi accused India of carrying out terror attacks on its soil.
Qureshi said while India continued to violate the ceasefire along the Line of Control in Kashmir, Pakistan acted with “restraint” but that will not be the case if the earlier tried to cross the LoC.
“To divert the world’s attention from its brutalities, India frequently violates the ceasefire along the Line of Control in Kashmir. Despite numerous violations, Pakistan has acted with restraint. But if India does venture across the LoC, or acts upon its doctrine of ‘limited’ war against Pakistan, it will evoke a strong and matching response,” Qureshi said during his UNGA address.
Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said that India must stop human rights violations in the Occupied #Kashmir and stop ceasefire violations at the Line of Control. He said that unresolved Kashmir dispute poses great threat to peace and stability in the region. #SMQatUNGA #UNGA pic.twitter.com/6zjXZhKqKS— Govt of Pakistan (@pid_gov) September 30, 2018
Speaking on India’s recent decision to cancel dialogues between the foreign ministers of both countries on the sidelines of the UNGA, he said: “They used the pretext of stamps issued months ago, of a Kashmiri activist and depicting grave human rights violations including pellet gun victims, as an excuse to back out from the talks.”
Qureshi’s address came hours after his Indian counterpart Sushma Swaraj’s aggresive speech at the 73rd UNGA session. In her seven-minute long speech, Swaraj had launched a scathing attack on Pakistan, accusing the country of “breeding” terrorism on its soil.
Sushma scratched the United States’ wounds of 9/11 to prove her point that Pakistan was harbouring UN-designated terrorists.
“What America perhaps could not comprehend was that Osama would get sanctuary in a country that claimed to be America’s friend and ally: Pakistan. Eventually, America’s intelligence services discovered the truth of this hypocrisy, and its special forces delivered justice,” Swaraj said.
The Pakistan foreign minister, however, completely ignored the issue of homegrown terrorism and probably forgot the fact that while pointing one finger at India, he ended up with three fingers pointing towards his own country.