In a strongly-worded counter to Pakistan Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi's statement in the United Nations General Assembly, India said that Pakistan has become 'synonymous with terror' and said that the world 'does not need lessons on democracy and human rights' from it.
""In its short history, Pakistan has become a geography synonymous with terror. The quest for a land of pure has actually produced 'the land of pure terror'. Pakistan is now Terroristan," said the Indian statement made in its right of reply to the United Nations on Thursday. The statement was made by Eenam Gambir, India's First Secretary to the United Nations.
Exercising its right to reply, India said it is extraordinary that the state which protected Osama Bin Laden and sheltered Mullah Omar should have the gumption to play the victim.
"By now, all Pakistan’s neighbours are painfully familiar with these tactics to create a narrative based on distortions, deception and deceit,” Gambhir said, asserting that efforts at creating alternative facts do not change reality.
"Its current state can be gauged from the fact that Hafiz Mohammed Saeed, a leader of the United nations designated terrorist organisation Lashkar-e-Taiba, is now sought to be legitimised as a leader of a political party," she added.
She said that Pakistan's counter-terrorism policy is to mainstream and upstream terrorists by either providing safe havens to global terror leaders in its military town, or protecting them with "political careers".
Abbasi had called for appointing a special envoy to Kashmir, and claimed that the struggle of the people of the region is being 'brutally suppressed' by India. He said that India is unwilling to resume the peace process with Pakistan and asked the Security Council to 'fulfil its obligation to secure the implementation of its own resolutions on Jammu and Kashmir.'
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To this, India asserted, "None of this can justify Pakistan’s avaricious efforts to covet the territories the State of Jammu and Kashmir is and will always remain an integral part of lndia. However much it scales up cross-border terrorism, it will never succeed in undermining India’s territorial integrity."
In his maiden speech at the United Nations General Assembly, Abbasi accused India of indulging in terror activities against his country and warned of a "matching response" if it "ventures across the LoC" or acts upon its "doctrine of limited war against Pakistan."
In response, India called out Pakistan's hypocrisy, saying, "Even as terrorists thrive in Pakistan and roam its streets with impunity, we have heard it lecture about the protection of human rights in India. The world does not need lessons in democracy and human rights from a country whose own situation is charitably described as a failed state."
Abbasi also claimed that there are no Taliban safe havens in the country. "Having suffered and sacrificed so much due to our role in the global counter terrorism campaign, it is especially galling for Pakistan to be blamed for the military or political stalemate in Afghanistan," Abbasi said.
Replying to India's statement, Pakistan has said that it is 'unfortunate' that India critiicized the statements of its Prime Minister Abbasi, as reported by CNN-News18.
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Updated Date: Sep 22, 2017 10:52:42 IST