India advises Pakistan to ‘abandon Kashmir dream’


India’s Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj.

UNITED NATIONS: Pakistan continues to believe terrorist attacks will allow it to obtain territory it covets in Jammu and Kashmir, India’s foreign minister Sushma Swaraj alleges on Monday.

In her speech before the U.N. General Assembly, Swaraj also rejected accusations made by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif from the same podium last week that India violates human rights, calling them “baseless.”

She said India has a man in custody “whose confession is a living proof of Pakistan’s complicity in cross-border terror. But when confronted with such evidence, Pakistan remains in denial.”

“It persists in the belief that such attacks will enable it to obtain the territory it covets,” Swaraj said. “My firm advice to Pakistan is: abandon this dream. Let me state unequivocally that Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of India and will always remain so.”

On Sept. 18, attackers slipped into an army base in Indian-controlled Kashmir, killing at least 18 soldiers. Four attackers were killed in the attack.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has long been known for his hard-line stance on Pakistan but for now he is relying on diplomacy.

On Saturday, Modi said he would work to isolate Pakistan internationally, accusing his country’s archrival of trying to destabilize Asia by exporting terrorism.