Pakistan sheltered Osama Bin Laden, says Sushma Swaraj at UN: Top quotes

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In a retort to Pakistan's accusation that India was sabotaging the dialogue process, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said talks can not be pursued in the midst of "terrorist bloodshed" with a nation that "glorifies killers" and refuses to see the "blood of innocents".

Qureshi blamed India for a recent breakdown in their relations, adding that "India prefers politics over peace".

"What America perhaps could not comprehend was that Osama would get sanctuary in a country that claimed to be America's friend and ally: Pakistan", she said, adding, "Pakistan's commitment to terrorism as an instrument of official policy has not abated one bit. The despicable insinuation made by the foreign minister of Pakistan dishonours the memory of the innocent lives lost to terrorists that day", Gambhir said.

Swaraj also rejected the notion that India is sabotaging peace talks with Pakistan, terming it "a complete lie". We believe that talks are only rational means to resolve the most complex of disputes.

The report further said that entire South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) had become dysfunctional due to the attitude of India, Qureshi lamented, adding that New Delhi promoted "state-sponsored terrorism" in the Jammu and Kashmir in front of the worldwide community. Talks with Pakistan have begun many times.

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"On 9th December 2016, I personally went to Islamabad and offered a comprehensive bilateral dialogue".

"But soon after, Pakistan-sponsored terrorists attacked our air force base in Pathankot on January 2".

She asked if Pakistan can deny the fact that it is the "host and patron" of 132 of the UN-designated terrorists and 22 terrorist entities listed under the UN Security Council Sanctions regimes.

India and Pakistan traded insults at the United Nations on Saturday after plans for a rare meeting between the foreign ministers in NY fell through.

Indian media said the meeting between the foreign ministers would have been the first in almost three years.

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He said that dialogue is the only way to address longstanding issues that have affected South Asia.

On Pakistan's accusations of human rights violations in Kashmir, Swaraj slammed the allegations by saying: "Who can be a greater transgressor of human rights than a terrorist?"

It would have been the first meeting in almost three years. "Those who take innocent human lives in pursuit of war by other means are defenders of inhuman behaviour, not of human rights", she told the global leaders.

She reminded the new Pakistan government under the leadership of Prime Minister Imran Khan, that there was an outpouring of sorrow and pain in India following the massacre of children in 2014. On Saturday, Qureshi said Kashmir would never belong to India.

She said a report by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights on Kashmir, which Qureshi mentioned and welcomed in his speech, is a publication that no UN member-state had asked for or supported and on which no action was taken. The country prints postage stamps glorifying terrorists. "If we do not act now, we will have to deal with conflagration later", the foreign minister had said, while delivering her speech at the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly.

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The United Nations must accept that it needs fundamental reform.

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