India summons Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit, gives proof of 'cross-border origins' of Uri terror attack

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj had on Tuesday made a strong pitch at United Nations for isolating such nations who speak the language of terrorism.

India summons Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit, gives proof of 'cross-border origins' of Uri terror attack
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Delhi: Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar on Tuesday issued a demarche to Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit and handed him incriminating proof regarding Uri terror attack. 

Basit was confronted with proof of 'cross-border origins' of the terror strike and was told that the preliminary interrogation reveals identity of one of the slain Uri attackers as Hafiz Ahmed, son of Feroz and resident of Dharbang, Muzaffarabad.

At the same time, he was also given details of Pakistan-based handlers.

Details of guides are - Faizal Hussain Awan (20 years), son of Gul Akbar, resident of Potha Jahangir, Muzzaffarabad and Yasin Khurshid (19 years), s/o Mohammed Khurshid, r/o Khiliana Kalan, Muzzaffarabad.

Names of handlers - Mohammad Kabir Awan and Basharat.

Further, the FS termed continuing cross-border terrorist attacks from Pakistan against India as unacceptable.

Sushma Swaraj slams Nawaz Sharif at UN, asks Pakistan to stop dreaming about Kashmir

The development comes a day after India, in a sharp rebuke to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's "tirade" on Kashmir, had said at the United Nations that those accusing others of rights violations must introspect.

India had also censured Pakistan for the first time at the UNGA for perpetrating the "worst form of state oppression" in Balochistan.

Taking a veiled dig at Pakistan, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj in her address at the 71st UN General Assembly (UNGA) session had said that there were nations "in our midst" where UN designated terrorists roamed freely and delivered "their poisonous sermons of hate with impunity", an apparent reference to Mumbai attack mastermind and Jamaat-ud-Dawa chief Hafiz Saeed.

She had also made a strong pitch for isolating such nations who speak the language of terrorism and for whom sheltering terrorists had become "their calling card".

"In our midst, there are nations that still speak the language of terrorism, that nurture it, peddle it, and export it. To shelter terrorists has become their calling card. We must identify these nations and hold them to account," Swaraj had asserted in her nearly 20-minute speech.

"These nations, in which UN designated terrorists roam freely, lead processions and deliver their poisonous sermons of hate with impunity, are as culpable as the very terrorists they harbour. Such countries should have no place in the comity of nations," Swaraj had said, as per PTI.

In a strong rebuttal of the "baseless allegations" made by Sharif from the podium of the General Assembly about human rights violations by India in Kashmir, Swaraj had added, "I can only say that those accusing others of human rights violations would do well to introspect and see what egregious abuses they are perpetrating in their own country, including in Balochistan. The brutality against the Baloch people represents the worst form of state oppression." 

Her speech came just over a week after 18 Indian jawans were killed in a deadly attack by Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorists from across the border on an Army base in Jammu and Kashmir.

Four terrorists were also killed by the Army.

(With Agency inputs)

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