Rahul Gandhi 'thanks' Sushma Swaraj for recognising Congress' legacy in UNGA speech

Cheryl Sanders
September 24, 2017

This is Swaraj's third such address at an worldwide platform. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj represented India in the meeting.

She even mentioned about the rolling of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) through which there is one-tax across the country.

Referring to PM Abbasi's speech, Swaraj said that the Pakistani leader wasted too much of his time in making accusations against India.

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj to speak at UNGA shortly. "The number of threats and incidents that endanger South Asia's peace and stability are on the rise", Swaraj said in her opening remarks at the meeting in NY.

Defence expert Major General (retired) P.K. Sehgal on Sunday appreciated External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj's speech at United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in NY, saying that she has enhanced India's image before the world community. She contrasted India's development, including under previous governments, with Pakistan's descent into a "factory of terrorism" as a lesson for Islamabad's leadership for whom "the wisest thing" would be introspection. "The Clean India programme is generating what can only be described as a revolutionary change in social attitudes and habits", she said. In the context of the manner in which Pakistan PM Shahid Khan Abbasi raked up the Kashmir issue and demanded the resumption of bilateral dialogue between the two countries, Swaraj said, "We are completely engaged in fighting poverty; alas, our neighbour Pakistan seems engaged only in fighting us". If signed by all the eight member countries, the agreements would have made it possible for vehicles and trains - both passengers and cargo - to move from one country to another within the Saarc region without any hassle. "Prime minister Abbasi has recalled old resolutions that have been long overtaken by events", she said. More recently in May, while marking the three years of Modi government, Shah had said, "Some people are asking what did the Narendra Modi government do?"

She said that Pakistan's counter-terrorism policy is to mainstream and upstream terrorists by either providing safe havens to global terror leaders in its military town, or protecting them with "political careers".

Raveesh Kumar informed that Swaraj also called for the eradication of terrorist networks and all those organisations providing funds to the terrorist groups. Then, there is also the confessional statement of Indian agent Kulbhushan Yadav who accepted that India is involved in sabotage activities in Pakistan to undermine the multi billion dollars China Pakistan Economic Corridor project.

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