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India slams Pak for justifying terrorism

India has slammed Pakistan's military regime for perpetuating and justifying cross-border terrorism, rejected its criticism of government's handling of communal violence in Gujarat, questioned the right of its rulers to vilify democratic institutions and accused it of treating parts of Kashmir occupied by it as its virtual colony. In a harshly-worded speech at a UN General Assembly's Committe, Indian delegate Ajit Kumar Panja, MP, gave Pakistani rulers a lesson in history.

india Updated: Oct 29, 2002 18:01 IST

India has slammed Pakistan's military regime for perpetuating and justifying cross-border terrorism, rejected its criticism of government's handling of communal violence in Gujarat, questioned the right of its rulers to vilify democratic institutions and accused it of treating parts of Kashmir occupied by it as its virtual colony.

In a harshly-worded speech at a UN General Assembly's Committe on Monday, Indian delegate Ajit Kumar Panja, MP, gave Pakistani rulers a lesson in history pointing out it was Islamabad which had made UN resolutions on Jammu and Kashmir "unimplementable".

Pakistan's call for a dialogue with India, he said, sounds hollow in the face of its encouragement to terrorism which is responsible for widespread killings of innocent people in Jammu and Kashmir whose "interests it pretends to promote".

Charging Islamabad with spreading "misinformation and disinformation" on Gujarat, Panja said "this is typical of the genetic material of military regimes whose lack of accountability and whimsicality are so intrinsic to their nature that it infects their efforts so demonstrably even during their occasional lapses into surface manifestations of democracy and rule of law."

Panja was speaking after a Pakistani representative had indulged in India bashing during a discussion on "elimination of racism and racial discrimination and right of peoples to self-determination" in the Committee on Monday.

First Published: Oct 29, 2002 17:41 IST