Source: Agencies21 Sep 2016 12:29:59
New York, September 21: In his final address at the United Nations, US President Barack Obama took an indirect dig at Pakistan for sponsoring terrorism and being engaged in a proxy war with India. Referring to Pakistan which is often find to be attacked with cross border terrorism, Obama said that nations engaged in proxy wars should end them.
If not, he warned the “embers of extremism will continue to burn” causing sufferings to countless human beings and export of extremism overseas.
“We can choose to press forward with a better model of cooperation and integration or we can retreat into a world sharply divided and ultimately in conflict along old lines of nation and tribe and race and religion,” he told leaders on Tuesday.
After the Uri attack, India is trying to expose Pakistan for sponsoring terrorism and isolate it in the international community. India’s latest hardened stance against Pakistan may prove fruitful. As many as 18 soldiers were killed by heavily-armed Pakistani terrorists in Uri on Sunday.
Obama further said, "We see too many governments muzzling journalists and quashing dissent and censoring the flow of information," he said. "Terrorist networks use social media to prey upon the minds our youth, endangering open societies and spurring anger against innocent immigrants and Muslims.
Obama, who will leave office in January, spoke of progress during his eight-year tenure, including reducing extreme poverty, resolving the Iranian nuclear issue, opening relations with Cuba, and agreeing to an international deal on climate change.
“This is important work, it has made a real difference in the lives of our people, and it could not have happened had we not worked together,” he said. Obama warned that there are deep fault lines, however, in the international order causing the massive refugee crisis, economic disruptions and insecurity.
"We see too many governments muzzling journalists and quashing dissent and censoring the flow of information," he said. "Terrorist networks use social media to prey upon the minds our youth, endangering open societies and spurring anger against innocent immigrants and Muslims.
Powerful nations contest the constraints placed on them by international law. This is the paradox that defines our world today," Obama added. In addition the U.S. leader took aim at Russia for its interference in Ukraine and at North Korea for its defiance of the international community on the nuclear front.