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Sunday, 24 September 2017 - 8:54
India urges Pakistan to reconsider strategies
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India asked Pakistan on Saturday to consider why after gaining Independence together 70 years ago, India was an IT power and produces engineers and doctors while Pakistan churns out jihadis who are a threat to the world.

Responding to Pakistan PM Shahid Khaqan Abbasi's charge of "atrocities" in Jammu and Kashmir, foreign minister Sushma Swaraj told the UN General Assembly that if Pakistan used its resources to stamp out terrorists in its territory the world would be rid of the scourge of terrorism.

"Whereas we produce IITs and IIMs, you (Pak) have produced LeT and Jaish-e-Muhammed. We have produced doctors and scientists, you have churned out terrorists and jihadis. While a doctor saves lives, jihadis kill," she said.

Swaraj said while Pakistan continues to plumb new depths of barbarism, it has the gumption to preach humanity to India.

Her response was another bitter exchange between India and Pakistan, with Swaraj following up the strong description of the neighbour as "Terroristan" by saying Islamabad has rebuffed all Indian initiatives to normalise and improve bilateral ties.

She took a dig at the international community too for first failing to recognise terrorism as a global threat and dismissing it as a "law and order" problem and also for continuing to quibble over the the definition of terrorism.

The Minister also exhorted China to drop its opposition to Pakistan-based JeM chief Masood Azhar being designated as a global terrorist.

"We are completely engaged in fighting poverty; alas, our neighbour Pakistan seems only engaged in fighting us," she said.

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