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Sushma Swaraj’s gave a strong reply to Pakistan, says Shashi Tharoor

Addressing the 72nd UNGA session in New York, external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj ripped apart Pakistan and accused it of waging a war against India.

india Updated: Sep 24, 2017 17:11 IST
Congress leader Shashi Tharoor said Sushma Swaraj was justified in giving a befitting reply to Pakistan. (HT file photos)
Congress leader Shashi Tharoor said Sushma Swaraj was justified in giving a befitting reply to Pakistan. (HT file photos)

Congress leader Shashi Tharoor praised on Sunday external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj’s speech slamming Pakistan during the UN General Assembly (UNGA) session and said she was justified in giving a befitting reply to Islamabad.

Speaking to ANI, the Congress leader said, “It was a good speech. I think that Sushma ji was quite justified in turning the tables and giving Pakistan a fitting and strong response. If they are going to devote their speech by attacking us, we are not going to take it lying down. I thought that was a very effective point.”

Reacting to Swaraj’s IIT remark, Tharoor thanked her for acknowledging the achievements of the Congress regime.

“As a Congressman, of course, I particularly appreciate hearing a member of this government acknowledging the great accomplishments of the last 60-70 years, because we know that the Prime Minister of this country has said abroad that until he came to power, everyone was ashamed to be an Indian and nothing has happened in this country in the first 60 years of Congress rule.

“It seems to me that Sushma ji has set the record straight by saying look we have created IITs, IIMs. These were all established by former prime minister of India Jawaharlal Nehru,” he added.

Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi also thanked Swaraj for recognising his government’s “great” vision of setting up IITs and IIMs.

Taking to his Twitter handle, Gandhi said, “Sushma ji, thank you for finally recognising Congress governments’ great vision and legacy of setting up IITs and IIMs.”

Addressing the 72nd UNGA session in New York, Swaraj on Saturday ripped apart Pakistan and accused it of waging a war against India. She said that while India made institutes like IIT, IIM and AIIMS, Pakistan created terror groups like Lashkar-e-Taiba, Jaish-e-Mohammed, Hizbul Mujahideen and Haqqani network.