Pakistan prime minister Imran Khan’s is not statesmanship, India said on Saturday while exercising its right of reply to Khan’s speech at United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), adding that the country was home to 130 UN designated terrorists. “PM Imran Khan’s threat of unleashing nuclear devastation qualifies as devastation qualifies as brinksmanship not statesmanship,” Vidisha Maitra, first secretary MEA said.
During his UN speech on Friday, Imran Khan, who has acknowledged that he hadn’t received worthwhile response to his pitch about alleged human rights violations in Kashmir, suggested that nuclear-armed Pakistan may not have much of a choice if a conventional war were to break out between Pakistan and India which he described as a country seven-times” its size. “What choice would I have… I will fight,” he said.
Bombarding Khan with questions, Maitra asked: “Can Pakistan PM confirm that it is home to 130 UN designated terrorists and 25 terrorist entities listed by the UN? 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?”
In a sharp riposte to Khan’s speech, Maitra asked: “Will Pakistan 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?” He accused that Pakistan’s “virulent reaction” over the abrogation of Article 370 depicts that “those who thrive on conflict never welcome the ray of peace”.
She said, “I take the floor to exercise India’s right of reply to the statement made by the Prime Minister of Pakistan. Every word spoken from the podium of this august Assembly, it is believed, carries the weight of history.”
“Unfortunately, what we heard from Prime Minister Imran Khan of Pakistan was a callous portrayal of the world in binary terms. Us vs Them; Rich vs Poor; North vs South; Developed Vs Developing; Muslims vs Others. A script that fosters divisiveness at the United Nations. Attempts to sharpen differences and stir up hatred are simply put – hate speech,” she continued.