On September 18, four heavily armed terrorists belonging to Pakistan-based terrorist outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed attacked an Indian Army administrative base in Uri town of baramulla District. 18 soldiers were killed, most of them burnt alive due to the incendiary ammunition fired by the terrorists, and 32 others were seriously injured.
India on Thursday called Pakistan a “terrorist state” and accused it of carrying out “war crimes” against Indians through its “long-standing policy” of sponsoring terrorism, hours after Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif racked up Kashmir issue at the UN General Assembly session. In a strong rebuttal, India said the terrorists designated by the UN continued to roam Pakistan’s streets freely and operate with State support.
Exercising India’s Right of Reply to Sharif’s “long tirade” about the situation in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir, First Secretary in the Permanent Mission of India to the UN Eenam Gambhir said “the worst violation of human rights is terrorism.” “When practised as an instrument of state policy it is a war crime. What my country and our other neighbours are facing today is Pakistan’s long-standing policy of sponsoring terrorism, the consequences of which have spread well beyond our region,” she said.
“Even today we have heard support by the Prime Minister of Pakistan for a self-acknowledged commander of a known terrorist organisation,” she said. Gambhir said Pakistan was a democracy deficit country and practises terrorism on its own people.
“It extends support to extremist groups, it suppresses minorities and women and denies basic human rights including through draconian laws,” she added. Gambhir voiced India’s firm resolve to protect all its citizens from all acts of terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir.
“We cannot and will not allow terrorism to prevail,” she said. Gambhir reminded the UN that the trail of the most “horrifying” and “dastardly terror attack” of 9/11 led all the way to Abbottabad in Pakistan, where Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden had been hiding for years and was killed by US forces.
India doesn’t face the threat of a nuclear attack by Pakistan alone. Pakistan is expected to use Chinese help to turn the table in its favour, creating severe instability in the Asian Subcontinent.
“Pakistan’s introduction of the Nasr ballistic missile is probably the most destabilizing technological development in the nuclear arsenals of the subcontinent. The Nasr is designed for tactical use, possibly on Pakistani territory in the event of an Indian conventional attack,” reveals a US Arms Control Association report.
US-based Arms Control Association reveals that there are nine nuclear armed countries in the world, equipped with about 15,500 nuclear warheads. Pakistan has 120 nuclear warheads, 10 more than India’s 110. The Association says Pakistan is expanding its nuclear arsenal faster than any other country.
Indian movement along the Line of Control started after Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif addressed the 71st session of the General Assembly of United Nations Organisations on Wednesday about Indian-occupation of Kashmir for decades.
Kashmiris have been fighting for their right to determination and freedom for over seven decades as India has never come true to its promises made in the past of holding referendum and giving the locals an opportunity to choose whether they want to side with Pakistan or not.
The latest of the series of skirmishes over Kashmir dispute started after a freedom fighter, Burhan Wani embraced martyrdom at hands of the Indian troops earlier this year.
Kashmiris demonstrated protests against the killing which prompted a curfew in the valley that lasted for over a month before it was lifted for roughly two days only for re-imposition in the days that followed.
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Indian premier held Pakistan responsible for the attack without providing any evidence or initiating a probe.