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Congress expresses disappointment over Sushma Swaraj's UNGA address

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 26 September 2016, 22:09 IST

Congress today expressed deep disappointment over Sushma Swaraj's address at the 71st United Nations General Assembly session, insisting that the Modi government has "failed us again by its meek response" by not calling Pakistan a "terror state".

Congress' Randeep S Surjewala expressed his disappointment in a series of tweets after Sushma Swaraj's address at the UNGA, in which she sharply rebuked the Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's tirade on Kashmir.

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"Why is EAM Sushmaji shy of calling 'a spade a spade' in UN? Why did we not call upon UN for diplomatic & economic sanctions against Pakistan?", he said.

Another Congress spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi said whenever an Indian representative speaks on foreign soil, it is not the time for politics as the entire country stands behind him or her.

"The whole country is with Sushma Swaraj, she did a valiant effort," Singhvi said. Singhvi, however, hoped that government should have taken some concrete steps against Pakistan before going to the United Nations.

"They have not called a Parliament session to declare Pakistan a terrorist state, they have not done anything to withdraw the MFN status, they have not imposed severe economic sanctions against Pakistan, no scale down of high commissions. They have not done anything on ground for concrete actions, yes some efforts to isolate Pakistan globally but that's not enough. These had to be done before we reached UN, then our case would have resonated better, that's our unfulfilled aspirations," Singhvi said.

He added, "domestic concrete actions by government is not behind her to strengthen her. I had asked earlier that had Sushma gone to United Nations on the 10th day from the Uri attack with certain concrete steps taken by the government instead of Prime Minister's address at Kerala, cabinet meet and 'jumlas', her position would have been stronger."

-With PTI inputs

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First published: 26 September 2016, 22:09 IST