UNITED NATIONS, Sept 22 - In a sharp escalation of its attack, India slammed Pakistan at the UN for its support to terrorism, calling it �terroristan�.
�In its short history, Pakistan has become a geography synonymous with terror,� Eenam Gambhir, First Secretary in India�s Permanent Mission to the UN, said on Thursday exercising India�s right of reply after Pakistan Prime Minister Shahid Abbasi�s virulent attack that �the struggle� of the people in Kashmir was being �brutally suppressed by India�.
Gambhir, who stole the show last year when she verbally pummelled former Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and delivered the memorable line: �The land of Taxila, one of the greatest learning centres of ancient times, is now host to the Ivy League of terrorism�, packed equally powerful punches against Abbasi this year.
Pakistan�s �contribution to the globalisation of terror is unparalleled�, she declared.
�The quest for land of pure has actually produced a �land of pure terror�.
�Pakistan is now �Terroristan� with a flourishing industry producing and exporting global terrorism,� Gambhir added.
In his speech, Abbasi warned of the possibility of a �dangerous escalation� in the subcontinent and clamoured for intervention by the global organisation.
Accusing New Delhi of frequently violating the ceasefire along the Line of Control (LoC) in Kashmir, he said that �if India does venture across the LoC, or acts upon its doctrine of �limited� war against Pakistan, it will evoke a strong and matching response�.
�The international community must act decisively to prevent the situation from a dangerous escalation,� he said.
Abbasi also admitted that Pakistan�s nuclear arsenal is directed against India.
�Confronted by a hostile and increasingly militarized neighbour, Pakistan has been obliged to maintain the capability for credible deterrence,� he said. �Our strategic assets are vital to deter oft-threatened aggression.�
Abbasi spent almost a third of his General Assembly address of about 12 minutes attacking India.
Abassi also accused India of war crimes over the use of pellet guns by law enforcement personnel and warned of a �dangerous escalation� on the subcontinent. � IANS