Pak Hypocrisy on Terror Exposed by India’s Reply at UNGA

Prime Minister Imran Khan’s threat of unleashing nuclear devastation, qualifies as brinksmanship, not statesmanship. Even coming from the leader of a country that has monopolized the entire value chain of the industry of terrorism, Prime Minister Khan’s justification of terrorism was brazen and incendiary.

Vidisha Maitra (First Secretary, MEA)

(India exercised ‘right of reply’ to Pak PM’s speech)

Crux of the Matter
  • At the UN General Assembly, Pakistan PM Imran Khan made vitriolic attacks at India and warned of violence in Kashmir. In stark contrast, Indian PM Narendra Modi made no mention of Pakistan in his address, choosing to talk about global progress instead.
  • India exercised its Right to Reply and was represented by First Secretary of MEA, Vidisha Maitra. She verbally dissected Pakistan’s hypocrisy, its ‘callous portrayal of the world in binary terms’ and its ‘incendiary’ and ‘medieval mindset’.
  • India called out Pakistan for harbouring 130 UN designated terrorists and 25 terror organisations, for giving pension to terrorists listed in Al Qaeda and ISIS sanctions list and for financing terror outfits through the now banned Habib bank.
  • Pakistan was blacklisted by the Financial Action Task Force for violating 20 of 27 key parameters and current Pak PM Imran Khan has previously defended Osama bin Laden.
  • The Bangladesh PM‘s reminder of the barbaric slaughter and rape carried out by Pak army during 1971 war was reiterated by the Indian delegation.
  • Dismissing Pakistan’s faux concerns on Kashmir, the Indian representative maintained Article 370 as an internal Indian issue, reminded the world of Pakistan’s agenda of fueling terror in the valley and concluded on an emphatic note: “The 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.”

1971 Bangladesh Genocide – The genocide in Bangladesh began on 26 March 1971 with the launch of Operation Searchlight, as West Pakistan began a military crackdown on the Eastern wing of the nation to suppress Bengali calls for self-determination rights. During the nine-month-long Bangladesh War for Liberation, members of the Pakistani military and supporting Islamist militias from Jamaat-e-Islami killed between 300,000 and 3,000,000 people and raped between 200,000 and 400,000 Bangladeshi women, according to Bangladeshi and Indian sources, in a systematic campaign of genocidal rape. The ensuing war between India (backing Bangladeshi liberation) and Pakistan led to bifurcation of Pakistan and the creation of the new nation of Bangladesh. More Info