Hours after Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan raised the Kashmir issue in his speech at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), India hit back and said Pakistan has no locus standi on lecturing India on terrorism and human rights. Using the Right to Reply, India’s First Secretary at the Permanent Mission to the UN, Vidisha Maitra said Pakistan is a country which provides shelter to 130 UN-designated terrorists and 25 terror entities.
“Can the Prime Minister of Pakistan deny that he has been a supporter of Osama bin Laden (the mastermind of the 9/11 terror attacks,” Maitra asked.
India said even though Pakistan has “monopolised the entire value chain of the industry of terrorism”, Prime Minister Khan’s justification of terrorism was “brazen and incendiary”.
Starting her speech, Vidisha Maitra said Imran Khan’s speech was a “callous portrayal of the world in binary terms”.
She said Imran Khan’s speech was a script that “fosters divisiveness” at the United Nations and is an “attempt to sharpen differences and stir up hatred”. “Simply put, it is hate speech.”
India said in his speech, Pakistan PM Imran Khan tried to portray a world of “us vs them; rich vs poor; north vs south; developed vs developing; Muslims vs others”.
“Threat of unleashing nuclear devastation qualifies as brinksmanship, not statesmanship.”
Key points from India’s Right to Reply at UNGA:
1) Hitting out at Pakistan PM Imran Khan’s speech, India said, “Rarely has the UN General Assembly witnessed such misuse, rather abuse, of an opportunity to reflect.
2) India said, when it comes to diplomacy, words matter. “Invocation of phrases such as ‘pogrom’, ‘bloodbath’, ‘racial superiority’, ‘pick up the gun’ and ‘fight to the end’ reflect a medieval mindset and not a 21st century vision”.
3) Taking a dig at Pakistan PM Imran Khan, India said for someone who was once a cricketer and believed in the gentleman’s game, his speech at the UNGA “bordered on crudeness of the variety that is reminiscent of the guns of Darra Adam Khel”.
4) “Now that Prime Minister Imran Khan has invited UN Observers to Pakistan to verify that there are no militant organisations in Pakistan, the world will hold him to that promise.”
5) India said, before this proposed inspection, Pakistan could confirm if it is not a fact that it provides home to 130 UN-designated terrorists and 25 terror entities listed by the United Nations.
Source By Indiatoday