Congress expresses disappointment over Swaraj's UN address

Congress on Monday night expressed deep disappointment over Sushma Swaraj's address in the UN, insisting that the Modi government has "failed us again by its meek response" by not calling Pakistan a "terror state".

PTI| Updated: Sep 26, 2016, 23:17 PM IST

New Delhi: Congress on Monday night expressed deep disappointment over Sushma Swaraj's address in the UN, insisting that the Modi government has "failed us again by its meek response" by not calling Pakistan a "terror state".

"Deeply disappointed by EAM Sushma Swaraj's address in UN. Even steered shy of calling Pak a 'terror state'. Strategic ambiguity writ large," Party chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said in a series of tweets.

The tweets followed External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj's address to the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), in which she sharply rebuked the Pakistan's tirade on Kashmir.

"If India won't determinedly ask for diplomatic & economic sanctions against Pak in UN, who will? Modi Govt again failed us by meek response."

"Why is EAM Sushmaji shy of calling 'a spade a spade' in UN? Why did we not call upon UN for diplomatic & economic sanctions against Pakistan?", he said.

Another Congress spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi said whenever an Indian representative speaks on foreign soil, it is not the time for politics as the entire country stands behind him or her.

"The whole country is with Sushma Swaraj, she did a valiant effort," Singhvi said.

Singhvi, however, hoped that government should have taken some concrete steps against Pakistan before going to the United Nations.

Surjewala asked as to "Why did EAM forget to place Pak sponsored terrorist attacks in Gurdaspur, Udhampur & 2attacks in Pompore in UN? Modi Govt placating Pakistan still?"

Surjewala said that the nation wants concrete action against rogue Pakistan not aimless political acronyms and rhetoric as seen in UN.

"They have not called a Parliament session to declare Pakistan a terrorist state, they have not done anything to withdraw the MFN status, they have not imposed severe economic sanctions against Pakistan, no scale down of high commissions.

"They have not done anything on ground for concrete actions, yes some efforts to isolate Pakistan globally but that's not enough. These had to be done before we reached UN, then our case would have resonated better, that's our unfulfilled aspirations," Singhvi said.

He added, "domestic concrete actions by government is not behind her to strengthen her. I had asked earlier that had Sushma gone to United Nations on the 10th day from the Uri attack with certain concrete steps taken by the government instead of Prime Minister's address at Kerala, cabinet meet and 'jumlas', her position would have been stronger."