PM Modi Must Address Forced Conversions In UNGA Speech: Sufi Laghari

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The Head of the Sindhi Foundation in America,Sufi Laghari spoke exclusively to Republic TV about his expectations from the Prime Minister's address at the UNGA

Written By Nisha Qureshi | Mumbai | Updated On:

Sufi Laghari, the head of the Sindhi Foundation in America, spoke to Republic TV about his expectations from the Prime Minister Narendra Modi's address at the UN General Assembly scheduled to be held on Friday. Elaborating on the same, he said that it is significant to address the Human Rights Violations in Pakistan against minorities.

When asked about what would be his message to PM Narendra Modi, Sufi Laghari said, "My message is even if you don't want to take the name of the terrorist country, you must not take it. However, you must talk about Sindh. India got its name from Sindh which the mother of all the civilization."

Sufi Laghari further addressed the incidents of forced conversions and kidnappings are a common affair in Pakistan's Sindh saying, "My message to him (Prime Minister Narendra Modi ) would be that he should talk about the human rights issues like forced conversion, forced disappearances and forced extra-judicial killings in Sindh. A lot of our girls are forcefully converted and a lot of our friends are kidnapped by Pakistani terrorists." 

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Jaishankar hits out at Pakistan

Hitting out at Pakistan, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar has said India cannot talk to a very challenging neighbour that conducts terrorism as a "legitimate tool of statecraft" to put pressure on New Delhi to come to the negotiating table. Addressing an event at leading think tank Council on Foreign Relations here on Wednesday, Jaishankar was asked about Kashmir and how he looks to manage New Delhi's relationship with Islamabad.

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"Well you used two keywords and I would like to begin by differentiating that. One was Kashmir and other was Pakistan. And I'll tell you why I do that. I don't think that the fundamental issue between India and Pakistan is Kashmir. I think it's part of the issues between us," he said.

Jaishankar said the issue for India was not whether it talks to Pakistan, but how it can talk to a country that is conducting terrorism. "Of course everyone wants to talk to their neighbour. The issue is, how do I talk to a country that is conducting terrorism and which frankly I would say follows a policy of implausible deniability," he said.

"They do it, they kind of pretend they don't do it. They know that that pretense is not serious, but yet they do it. So, how do you address that and I think it's a huge challenge for us," he added.

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(With PTI inputs) 

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