United Nations, Sep 28: Using the Right to Reply, India’s First Secretary at the Permanent Mission to the UN, Vidisha Maitra said Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan’s threat of unleashing nuclear devastation qualifies as brinkmanship, not statesmanship and 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.
The Pakistan PM had said that when two nuclear armed countries fight it will have “consequences” for the entire world, making multiple references to Jammu and Kashmir.
“Prime Minister Khan’s threat of unleashing nuclear devastation qualifies as brinkmanship, not statesmanship,” Vidisha Maitra said.
India said Khan’s speech 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’,” the top Indian diplomat said.
In his first address at the UN General Assembly, Imran Khan had said: “If a conventional war starts, anything could happen. But supposing, a country seven times smaller than its neighbour is faced with the choice – either you surrender or you fight for your freedom till death. What will we do? I asked myself this question. And my belief is there is no God but one. And we will fight. And when a nuclear armed country fights to the end, it will have consequences far beyond the borders.”
Hitting out at the Pakistan Prime Minister’s language, Ms Maitra said: “Rarely has the General Assembly witnessed such misuse, rather abuse, of an opportunity to reflect. Words matter in diplomacy. 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,” she added.
Khan also made a bizzare claim during his address that “there are no militant organisations in Pakistan.” In a sharp rebuttal, Maitra said: “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.”
“And would Prime Minister Khan deny to the city of New York that he was an open defender of Osama bin Laden?” Maitra said.
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”.