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‘Brinksmanship not statesmanship’: India slams Pak at UN

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New York, Sep 28: In its strong rebuttal to Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan's speech at UN, India on Saturday asked whether Islamabad can deny that it is home to many UN-designated terrorists.

Vidisha Maitra, First Secretary MEA

"Now that PM 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. But can Pakistan PM confirm that it is home to 130 UN designated terrorists and 25 terrorist entities listed by the UN?," asked Vidisha Maitra, First Secretary MEA exercising India's right of reply to Pakistan PM Imran Khan's speech at UN.

"Every word spoken from the podium of this august Assembly, it is believed, carries the weight of history. Unfortunately, what we heard today 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'," First Secretary in India's Permanent Mission to the UN Vidisha 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." "Pogroms, Prime Minister Imran Khan Niazi, are not a phenomenon of today's vibrant democracies," she said.

Imran Khan's speech was a script that "fosters divisiveness" at the United Nations and is an "attempt to sharpen differences and stir up hatred", she said.

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Khan's threat of unleashing nuclear devastation "qualifies as brinkmanship not statesmanship", she added.

"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 and the role played by Lt. Gen A A K Niazi. A sordid fact that the Hon'ble Prime Minister of Bangladesh reminded this Assembly about earlier this afternoon."

Maitra said Khan's "threat of unleashing nuclear devastation qualifies as brinksmanship, not statesmanship." "Even coming from the leader of a country that has monopolised the entire value chain of the industry of terrorism, Prime Minister Khan's justification of terrorism was brazen and incendiary," she 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," she said. Maitra added that after having "mainstreamed terrorism and hate speech," Pakistan is trying to play its wild card as the new found champion of human rights.

Imran Khan on Friday unleashed a tirade against New Delhi as his speech revolved around anti-India rhetoric and alleged human rights violations in Kashmir.

Khan, who exceeded the allotted 15-minute time limit and spoke for close to 50 minutes, uttered 'Kashmir' 25 times, India 17 times, Islam 71 times, Modi 12 times and terrorism 28 times in his address at the 74th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA).

Khan went to the extent of issuing a veiled threat of a nuclear war more than once during his speech. Imran Khan said that nuclear-armed Pakistan may not have much of a choice if a conventional war were to break out between Pakistan and India.

On Kashmir issue, Imran Khan alleged that India violated the Constitution by revoking Article 370 that granted a special status to Jammu and Kashmir.

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