Mandela meet: Sushma targets Pak, says “no one should be allowed to support terror”

NEW YORK: India on Tuesday made a veiled attack on Pakistan and said in the contemporary setting when the world in still beset with conflicts, “no one should be allowed to support terror or its perpetration”.

“Our world is still beset with conflicts, terror and hateful ideologies that are transcending borders and impacting our lives. No one should be allowed to support terror or its perpetration,” External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said in a statement without taking any name at the Nelson Mandela Peace Summit here.

She said the “collective survival” of the comity of nations as a global family requires that the wisdom of pioneering leaders such as Mandela “should remain as our moral compass”.

“Let us share this planet as one. Let us make a better world for our children like one global family,” the Minister said.

The comments from the External Affairs Minister on ‘terror’ without naming any country comes days after India called off the proposed meeting between her (Sushma) and Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly.

Indian Government on Friday called off the meet citing ‘evil agenda’ of Pakistan and also accused Islamabad of glorifying terror and terrorism by issuing a postage stamp on Burhan Wani.

Ms Swaraj will address the UN General Assembly on September 29.

In her address paying rich tributes to Nelson Mandela, the External Affairs Minister also said India also proudly calls Mandela “a Bharat Ratna- a Jewel of India” — in reference to the conferring of India’s highest civilian award to the South African leader in 1990.

“The values espoused by him (Mandela) ? forgiveness and compassion as well as inclusiveness of society – are needed now, more than ever, in these turbulent times around the world. We, Indians, consider Madiba (a name given to Mandela) to be one of our own,” Ms Swaraj said. (AGENCIES)


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