Exercising India's Right of Reply during the General Debate of 70th session of UN General Assembly late yesterday, First Secretary in the Permanent Mission of India to the UN Abhishek Singh termed as 'regrettable' Pakistan once again choosing to 'misuse' the High Level Segment of the UN General Assembly session to 'distort reality and portray a false picture of the challenges in our region'.
    
Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, in his address to the General Assembly earlier in the day, had said his country is the 'primary victim' of terrorism. Singh retorted sharply that in truth, it 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 neighborhood.
    
He added that it is not uncommon for states, when confronted with serious challenges, to shift responsibility on others. "That is the case with Pakistan and terrorism, reflecting the inability to recognize that this is a home grown problem that has begun to bite the hand that fed it. We agree that terrorism has underlying causes in this case, poverty of wisdom and ignorance of consequences," he said.
    
He also pointed out that 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.

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