India at UN calls Pakistan ‘export factory for terror’

Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj addresses the 72nd United Nations General Assembly at UN headquarters in New York on September 23, 2017. (REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz)
Updated 24 September 2017
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India at UN calls Pakistan ‘export factory for terror’

UNITED NATIONS: India’s foreign minister took a swipe at Pakistan Saturday, telling the United Nations that its neighbor had given the world “terrorists” while India was producing top-notch doctors and engineers.
“Why is it today India is a recognized IT superpower in the world, and Pakistan is recognized only as the pre-eminent export factory for terror?” Sushma Swaraj told the General Assembly.
“We produced scholars, doctors, engineers. What have you produced? You have produced terrorists,” she said.
Swaraj offered a response to an address earlier in the week by Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi who at the UN podium accused India of “massive and indiscriminate force” in Kashmir.
Relations between India and Pakistan have been tense in recent times, mainly over Kashmir, which is divided but claimed by both countries in full.
The two nuclear-armed nations have fought three wars since gaining independence from Britain in 1947, two of them over the disputed Himalayan territory.
Following Abbasi’s speech on Thursday, an Indian diplomat took to the floor of the General Assembly in a reply and branded the country “Terroristan.”
India accuses Islamabad of training, arming and infiltrating militants into Kashmir, a claim that Pakistan has denied.
On Friday, the Pakistani military said six people were killed and over two dozen wounded in firing by Indian troops near the Kashmir border


Soccer player gunned down in latest Amsterdam violence

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Soccer player gunned down in latest Amsterdam violence

  • Defender Kelvin Maynard, 32, died when two assailants on a motorbike opened fire on his car on Wednesday night in a south-east district of the Dutch capital
  • Maynard’s murder came on the same day a prominent Dutch lawyer, involved in a case against a gang accused of drug-related killings, was gunned down in front of his Amsterdam home

AMSTERDAM: A former Dutch professional footballer who played for clubs in Portugal, Hungary and England has been shot dead in the latest violence to afflict Amsterdam, police said.
Defender Kelvin Maynard, 32, died when two assailants on a motorbike opened fire on his car on Wednesday night in a south-east district of the Dutch capital, a police statement said.
Police appealed for any witnesses to the shooting to come forward to assist in the investigation.
“The motive is still totally unknown, as is what led up to it and who might have been involved,” a police spokeswoman said.
She said that Maynard had had previous run-ins with the police, but would not give any details. “His name is registered in our systems,” she told Reuters.
Maynard was playing this season for Dutch amateur club “Alphense Boys.” Previously, he had been with Dutch side Volendam, Portugal’s Sporting Clube Olhanense, Hungary’s Kecskemeti TE, Belgium’s Antwerp FC and England’s Burton Albion.
Tributes flooded in from shocked soccer players and coaches who expressed support for his wife and children.
“Kelvin was a big, tough guy, but inside he was a teddy bear,” former coach Joop Gall told broadcaster RTV Drente. “We had regular contact, especially about his sick mother.”
Maynard’s murder came on the same day a prominent Dutch lawyer, involved in a case against a gang accused of drug-related killings, was gunned down in front of his Amsterdam home.
Alarm has been growing over crime in Amsterdam, a city of 800,000 people where recreational drug use has long been tolerated by law enforcement, creating an underworld of dealers and suppliers which sometimes fuels violence.