Militant killed in Uri sector, Sushma calls Pakistan ‘terrorism hub’

Army thwarts militant attack in Uri

Aishwarya Sahasrabudhe

SRINAGAR, Sept. 26: The Indian Army killed one militant today thwarting another infiltration attempt along the Line of Control (LoC) in the Zorawar area of Uri in north Kashmir.

This came after a fourth Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM) militant was killed on Monday in an operation in Baramulla’s Uri.

A group of fidayeen (suicide squad) fanned out in a residential area here on Sunday and three militants were shot dead in a gun battle with security forces in Kalgai area of Uri . At least three civilians and a soldier were  injured in the crossfire.

An army spokesman said that the operation would continue as “more militants are suspected to be hiding in the area”.

The encounters come days after External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj called Pakistan a ‘land of pure terror’ in the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York on September 23.

This was in response to Pakistan Prime Minister Shahid Khakan Abbasi’s speech at the UN on Thursday, September 21, accusing India of sponsoring terrorism and violating human rights .

Swaraj went on to say, “India and Pakistan became free within hours of each other. Why is it that today India is a recognized IT superpower in the world, and Pakistan is recognized only as the pre-eminent export factory for terror?”

“We produced scholars, doctors, engineers. What have you produced? You have produced terrorists!” External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj tells Pakistan.

Addressing the UNGA Swaraj said, “Terrorism is at the very top of problems for which the United Nations is searching for solutions. We have been the oldest victims of this terrible and even traumatic terrorism. When we began articulating about this menace, many of the world’s big powers dismissed this as a law and order issue. Now they know better. The question is: what do we do about it?”

Indicating that the UN should identify Pakistan as a threat she questioned, “If we cannot agree to define our enemy, how can we fight together?”

FAKE PICTURE

Meanwhile, Permanent Representative of Pakistan, Maleeha Lodhi, on Sunday, displayed a photograph of a grievously injured girl exclaiming that this was the face of Indian democracy. She claimed that the girl was a resident of Kashmir and was injured because of stone pelting.

At this, Paulomi Tripathi, the junior most Indian diplomat in the Permanent Mission of India to the UN said, “The Permanent Representative of Pakistan misled this Assembly by displaying this picture to spread falsehood about India. A fake picture to push a completely false narrative.”

 

‘The photograph’, she said ‘was that of Rawya Abu Jom’a, a girl from Palestine’.

“The picture was taken on July 22, 2014 by an American photographer Heidi Levine. This photograph was published by New York Times on 24 March 2015 under the caption ‘Conflict, Courage and Healing in Gaza’,” she explained.

Showing another picture, Tripathi continued, “This is a real and not a fake picture of Lt Umar Fayaz. A young officer from the Indian State of Jammu and Kashmir. Umar Fayaz was kidnapped at a wedding celebration. He was brutally tortured and killed by Pakistan supported terrorists in May 2017.”

 

 

 

 

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