First Secretary MEA Vidisha Maitra, while exercising India’s Right to Reply against Pakistan PM Imran Khan’s anti India rant said that Khan’s threat of unleashing nuclear devastation qualifies as brinkmanship and not statesmanship.
She questioned whether Pakistan will acknowledge that it is the only government in the world that provides pension to an individual listed by the UN in the Al-Qaeda and Daesh sanctions list? Last week, Pakistan got UNSC to allow release of monthly pension to 26/11 Mumbai terror accused Hafiz Saeed who is also a global designated terrorist.
Referring to Pakistan government’s move to inviting UN observers to Pakistan to ‘verify’ the resurrection of terror camps, Maitra said that the world must now hold him accountable for that. She questioned whether Pakistan can deny it is home to many UN-designated terrorists. “Can Pakistan PM confirm that it is home to 130 UN designated terrorists and 25 terrorist entities listed by the UN?” she questioned.
#WATCH Vidisha Maitra, First Secretary MEA exercises India's right of reply to Pakistan PM Imran Khan's speech says, "Can Pakistan PM confirm the fact it is home to 130 UN designated terrorists and 25 terrorist entities listed by the UN, as of today?" pic.twitter.com/vGFQH1MIql
— ANI (@ANI) September 28, 2019
“Will Pakistan deny that Financial Action Task Force has put the country on notice for its violations of more than 20 of the 27 key parameters? And would PM Imran Khan deny to the city of New York that he was an open defender of Osama bin Laden?” Maitra said exercising India’s Right to Reply at UNGA.
Pointing out minority persecution in the terror country that Pakistan is, Maitra said “Pakistan has shrunk the size of its minority population and has subjected them to atrocious blasphemy laws,” while exercising India’s Right to Reply. In a scathing response to Khan, she added, “Pogroms, PM Imran Khan Niazi, are not a phenomenon of today’s vibrant democracies. We would request you to refresh your rather sketchy understanding of history. Do not forget the gruesome genocide perpetrated by Pakistan against its own people in 1971.
Speaking on the persecution of minorities in Pakistan, she added, “This a country that has shrunk the size of its minority community from 23% in 1947 to 3% today and has subjected Christians, Sikhs, Ahmadiyas, Hindus, Shias, Pashtuns, Sindhis and Balochis to draconian blasphemy laws, systemic persecution, blatant abuse and forced conversions.”
“For someone who was once a cricketer and believed in the gentleman’s game, today’s speech bordered on crudeness of the variety that is reminiscent of the guns of Darra Adam Khel,” she added.
Speaking on the abrogation of Article 370 making Jammu & Kashmir an integral part of India without any riders attached, she said, “The mainstreaming of Jammu & Kashmir, as well as Ladakh, in India’s thriving and vibrant democracy with a millennia-old heritage of diversity, pluralism and tolerance is well and truly underway. Irreversibly so.” Khan in his speech at UNGA last night had criticised India for abrogation of Article 370.
In August this year, the Government of India abrogated Article 370 which gave separate status to Jammu & Kashmir and bifurcated the state into union territories of Ladakh and Jammu & Kashmir. Further asking Khan to not meddle in India’s internal matters, Maitra said, “Citizens of India do not need anyone else to speak on their behalf, least of all those who have built an industry of terrorism from the ideology of hate.”
Last night, while addressing the UNGA, Pakistan PM Imran Khan had continued to whine against India while cooking up a recipe for disaster. Not only did he overstep the time limit allotted to him (he spoke for over 30 minutes against allotted 15-20 minutes), Khan continued his vile anti-India propaganda on abrogation of Article 370.