UNITED NATIONS, Sept 22 - In its sharpest attack on Pakistan, India today called it a �terrorist state� which carries out �war crimes� by using terrorism as an �instrument of state policy�, after Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif glorified Hizbul commander Burhan Wani at the United Nations.
India also strongly rejected Sharif�s call for �a serious and sustained� bilateral dialogue �without any conditions�, saying that Pakistan, which �seems to be run by a war machine rather than a government�, wants talks with a �gun in its hand�.
Strongly reacting to Sharif�s remarks at the UN General Assembly session, Minister of State for External Affairs MJ Akbar described them as full of �threat, bluster and complete disregard of facts� as he said glorification of Wani by him at the world forum is an act of �self-incrimination� by Pakistan.
He 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 here responding to Sharif�s General Debate address at the UN.
�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,� he said.
In his nearly 20-minute speech, almost half of which was focused on Kashmir, Sharif had hailed Wani - who was killed on July 8 by the Indian forces resulting in tensions in the Valley � as a �young leader� and the �symbol� of the Kashmiris� freedom movement.
Exercising India�s Right of Reply to Sharif�s �long tirade� about the situation in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir, First Secretary in the Permanent Mission of India to the UN Eenam Gambhir made a strong rebuttal.
�The worst violation of human rights is terrorism.
�When practised as an instrument of state policy it is a war crime,� she said.
�What my country and our other neighbours are facing today is Pakistan�s long-standing policy of sponsoring terrorism, the consequences of which have spread well beyond our region,� she added.
Gambhir said India sees in Pakistan �a terrorist State� which channelises billions of dollars, much of it diverted from international aid, to training, financing and supporting terrorist groups as militant proxies against it neighbours. � PTI