July 2016 News

You Will Never Be Able To Make This Heaven On Earth A Haven For Terrorists: India Tells Pakistan

23 July 2016
Times of India
Ankita Rajeshwari

New Delhi: Coming down heavily on Nawaz Sharif's statement that Pakistan is waiting for the day Kashmir becomes its part, the government on Saturday hit back, saying, 'this dream will never be fulfilled'. 'Whole of Jammu and Kashmir belongs to India. You will never be able to make this heaven on earth a haven for terrorists,' External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said at a media briefing. The strong-worded warning comes a day after Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said, 'all our prayers are with them (Kashmir) and we are waiting for the day Kashmir becomes (part of) Pakistan'. Sharif was addressing a public gathering in Muzaffarabad. Taking umbrage at Sharif's statement, she said in her statement that this 'delusional though dangerous dream' was the reason for Pakistan's 'unabashed embrace and encouragement to terrorism'. Lashing out at Sharif's statement, Swaraj also said, 'the whole of India would like to tell the Prime Minister of Pakistan that this dream won't be realized even at the end of eternity.' Retaliating strongly, Swaraj added, 'Pakistan has never given blessings to Kashmir. It has only given terrorists.' Attacking Pakistan's rhetoric on the ongoing Kashmir crisis, Swaraj rebuked the country's bid to gain mileage from the situation, saying, 'country which used fighter planes and artillery against its own people has no right whatsoever to point a finger against our security forces.' In her statement, Swaraj also criticized Pakistan's fanning of Kashmir's violence after Hizbul terrorist Burhan Wani's killing. 'Pakistan's Prime Minister called Burhan Wani a 'martyr'. Doesn't he know that Burhan Wani was a Hizbul Mujahideen Commander,' she questioned Sharif's statement in Lahore, where he had declared him 'a martyr of independence movement'. 'Even more condemnable than these deplorable attempts from across our border to incite violence and glorify terrorists is the fact that these attempts have been undertaken by Pakistan's state machinery in active partnership with UN-designated terrorist Hafiz Saeed and other leading terrorists belonging to internationally proscribed organisations,' she said. Swaraj's statement comes in the wake of several comments made by the Pakistan government in the recent past over the Kashmir issue.