Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif (File photo)

In a point-by-point reply to Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s speech at the UN General Assembly, India accused Pakistan of trying to “shift responsibility” for firing at the Line of Control.

“The world knows that the primary reason for firing is to provide cover to terrorists crossing the border. It needs no imagination to figure out which side initiates this exchange,” the statement, filed by the Permanent Mission of India to the United Nations in New York, said.

Officials had said that India’s response would come directly from External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj when she makes India’s address at the UNGA which is expected later today.

Referring to Mr. Sharif’s statement on how Pakistan’s forces were fighting the terrorists that “killed its children”, India said, “Pakistan claims to be the primary victim of terrorism. In truth, it is actually a victim of its own policies of breeding and sponsoring terrorists.”

India took particular exception to Mr. Sharif’s reference to Kashmir as a land under “foreign occupation,” replying, “The occupier in question is Pakistan. In fact, India’s reservations about the proposed China-Pakistan Economic Corridor stem from the fact that it passes through Indian territory illegally occupied by Pakistan for many years.” (The Hindu)