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Young Indian diplomat Eenam Gambhir's befitting response: Pakistan or Terroristan?
India's First Secretary in Permanent Mission to United Nations, Eenam Gambhir, while exercising India's right to reply to the ranting of Pakistani prime Minster Abbasi, who once again raised the issue of referendum in Kashmir in the United Nations General Assembly on September 21, put Pakistan on the back foot by calling it Terroristan.

Gambhir said that Pakistan has been a terror sanctuary for three decades which pampers jehadi organisations, provides them with safe havens and then sends them across the borders of the neighbouring states to carry out terror attacks. It is good that India is taking a tough stand on Pakistan.

One had thought that Pakistan which is currently under pressure from all quarters for its terror activities, would this time take a conciliatory approach and try to deflect the world's attention from Pakistan in the UN General Assembly. However, nothing of this sort happened, all thanks to the Pakistani army which rules the roost in Pakistan. Abbasi was all fire and brimstone on India and Afghanistan, refusing to accept that the Islamic nation was involved in cross-border terrorism. Abbasi even talked about Pakistan having developed tactical nuclear weapons to guard against India's cold start doctrine.

India in its reply let Pakistan have it all. India exposed Pakistan's double speak and its policy of hunting with hounds and running with hare. India highlighted the fact that both Osama Bin Laden and Mullah Omar had finally been found living in Pakistan.

India said that now Pakistani army is encouraging major jehadi organisations like Lashkar-e-Taiba and Jaish-e-Mohammad to join the country's political mainstream by establishing political parties and fighting elections. Recently, a Lashkar candidate, who fought as an independent in the Punjab by-elections for National Assembly, garnered 5000 votes.

This was just the start fro India. Afghanistan also came down heavily on Pakistan, described in a systematic manner with facts and figures how Pakistan-based jehadis were carrying out terror attacks in Afghanistan. Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hassena recalled how the Pakistani army had conducted genocide in Bangladesh in the 1971 war killing over 3 million Bengalis. Nobody in the UN General Assembly was ready to buy Pakistan's statement that it is a peaceful country and itself a victim of terror.

If all this wasn't enough, American president Donald Trump refused to meet the Pakistani Prime Minster Abbasi on the sidelines on this UN Summit. Another shocker to Pakistan was China's refusal to tow Pakistani line of demanding a referendum in Kashmir. China made it clear that it was confident that India and Pakistan would solve the Kashmir issue bilaterally. This has been India's stand for so long.

Any other country but Pakistan would have seen the writing on the wall with these recent happenings in the UN General Assembly. It continues to be in denial mode and refuses to dismantle its terror network and jehadi camps. So where do we go from here?

India must play on the psyche of the United States of America, urging President Trump to use his country's advanced technology like drones to destroy jehadi camps within Pakistan as he has already threatened. China for the sake of success of its 50 billion dollar CEPC project in Pakistan must also put pressure on Pakistan read Pakistani Army to stop using terror as an instrument of its state policy. At the same time, India must replenish and regroup its armed forces for a limited war with Pakistan at a moment's notice.

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