India warns Pak it will take ‘firm steps’ against cross-border terror

United Nations: India has warned Pakistan that it will continue to act firmly and decisively against cross-border terrorism while it is also committed to resolving issues bilaterally in a terror-free atmosphere.

Madhu Sudan, a counselor in India’s Permanent Mission, said on January 25, “Any meaningful dialogue can be held only in an atmosphere free of terror, hostility, and violence. The onus is on Pakistan to create a conducive atmosphere.”

“Till then, India will continue to take firm and decisive steps to respond to cross-border terrorism,” he warned while responding to an attack on India by Pakistan’s Permanent Representative Munir Akram at the Security Council.

“India desires normal neighborly relations with all countries, including Pakistan, and is committed to addressing outstanding issues, if any, bilaterally and peacefully in accordance with the Simla Agreement and the Lahore declaration,” Sudan said.

He said that given Islamabad’s history of being the patron of terrorists, “most terrorist attacks around the world have their origin, in some form or the other, to Pakistan.”

Illustrating Sudan’s point, in the most recent terrorism case in the US, a Briton of Pakistani descent took hostages at a Jewish synagogue in Texas demanding the release of convicted Pakistani terrorist Aafia Siddiqui, whose freedom Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan had sought.

Sudan said, Pakistan “is a country which has been globally recognized as one openly supporting, training, financing and arming terrorists as a matter of State policy. It holds the ignoble record of hosting the largest number of terrorists proscribed by the UN Security Council.”

The topic of debate at the Security Council was “Protection of civilians in armed conflict: Wars in cities – protection of civilians in urban settings,” but Akram veered off into a lecture about Kashmir repeating accusations against India of occupation and human rights violations there. (IANS)

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