On 22 September, India launched an attack on Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif for glorifying Hizbul commander Burhan Wani in his speech to the UN General Assembly.
India said hailing a "self-advertised" terrorist at the forum is "self- incrimination" by the Pakistani leader. Minister of State for External Affairs MJ Akbar said it is "shocking" that a leader of a nation can "glorify a self- declared self-advertised terrorist" at a forum such as the United Nations General Assembly.
"We heard the glorification of a terrorist. Burhan Wani was a self-declared commander of the Hizbul Mujahideen, this organisation is widely acknowledged internationally as a terrorist group," Akbar said at a briefing to Indian reporters in New York responding to Sharif's General Debate address at the UN on 21 September.
"This is self-incrimination by the Pakistan Prime Minister. We just heard a speech full of threat, bluster and what can only be described as rising immaturity and complete disregard of facts," Akbar said.
In his nearly 20-minute speech, almost half of which was focussed on Kashmir, Sharif hailed Wani as the "symbol" of the Kashmiris' freedom movement. He said a "new generation" of Kashmiris has risen spontaneously against India's "illegal occupation - demanding freedom from occupation".
The Pakistan Prime Minister referred to Wani, who was killed in an encounter with security forces on July 8, as a "young leader" and said he has "emerged as the symbol of the latest Kashmiri Intifada, a popular and peaceful freedom movement..."
India also strongly rejected Sharif's call for "a serious and sustained" dialogue "without any conditions", with Akbar saying that Islamabad is talking about dialogue with a "gun in its hand". "Pakistan at this moment seems to be run by a war machine rather than a government. Pakistan wants dialogue while holding a terrorist gun in its hand.
"Talks and guns don't go together. Our position on a dialogue has been consistent. We have always been ready for a dialogue but we will not succumb to the blackmail tactics of the government in Islamabad that seems eager to use terrorists and terrorism as policy," Akbar said.
--With PTI inputs