India's strong reaction came shortly after Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif made a demand for demilitarisation of Kashmir as part of his 4-point 'peace initiative' with India. Raking up the Kashmir issue while addressing the UN General Assembly(UNGA), Sharif termed its non-resolution as a failure of the world body.

"To de-militarise Kashmir is not the answer, to de-terrorise Pakistan is. Pakistan is not primary victim of terrorism but of its own policies. It is in fact the prime sponsor of terrorism," External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup said in sharp retorts through a series of tweets.

Another Indian official called Pakistan a 'prime sponsor of terrorism' as it uses terror as a 'legitimate instrument' of its statecraft after Sharif said Pakistan is the 'primary victim' of terrorism.

"In truth, it (Pakistan) is actually a victim of its own policies of breeding and sponsoring terrorists. The heart of the matter is a state that regards the use of terrorism as a legitimate instrument of statecraft. The world watches with concern as its consequences have spread beyond its immediate neighbourhood," first Secretary in the Permanent Mission of India to the UN Abhishek Singh said in a sharp retort exercising India's Right of Reply during the General Debate of 70th session of UNGA.

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