In a sharply-worded reply to Pakistan Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, India called Pakistan a “terroristan”, accusing the country of becoming a flourishing “industry” producing and exporting global terrorism.
Exercising its right to reply after Pakistan Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi raked up the Kashmir issue at the UN General Assembly, India said it is extraordinary that the state which protected Osama Bin Laden and sheltered Mullah Omar should have the gumption to play the victim.
“By now, all Pakistan’s neighbours are painfully familiar with these tactics to create a narrative based on distortions, deception and deceit,” First Secretary in the Permanent Mission of India to the UN, Eenam Gambhir said, asserting that efforts at creating alternative facts do not change reality.
“In its short history, Pakistan has become a geography synonymous with terror. The quest for a land of pure has actually produced ‘the land of pure terror’. Pakistan is now ‘Terroristan’, with a flourishing industry producing and exporting global terrorism,” the Indian diplomat said.
“Its current state can be gauged from the fact that Hafiz Mohammed Saeed, a leader of the United Nations designated terrorist organisation Lashkar-e-Taiba, is now sought to be legitimised as a leader of a political party,” she said in a sharp reply.
The India diplomat further said that Pakistan’s counter-terrorism policy is to mainstream and upstream terrorists by either providing safe havens to global terror leaders in its military town, or protecting them with “political careers”.
“None of this can justify Pakistan’s avaricious efforts to covet the territories the State of Jammu and Kashmir is and will always remain an integral part of lndia. However much it scales up cross-border terrorism, it will never succeed in undermining India’s territorial integrity,” she said.
Earlier, Abbasi had accused India of indulging in terror activities against his country and warned of a “matching response” if it “ventures across the LoC” or acts upon its “doctrine of limited war against Pakistan.”
He urged the United Nations to appoint a special envoy to Kashmir, as he claimed that the struggle of the people in the region is being “brutally suppressed” by India.
Attacking Pakistan, Gambhir said having diverted billions of dollars in international military and development aid towards creating a “dangerous infrastructure of terror” on its own territory, Pakistan is now speaking of the high cost of its terror industry.
“The polluter, in this case, is paying the price,” she said.
“Even as terrorists thrive in Pakistan and roam its streets with impunity, we have heard it lecture about the protection of human rights in India. The world does not need lessons on democracy and human rights from a country whose own situation is charitably described as a failed state,” Gambhir said.
“Terroristan is in fact a territory whose contribution to the globalisation of terror is unparalleled. Pakistan can only be counselled to abandon a destructive worldview that has caused grief to the entire world. If it could be persuaded to demonstrate any commitment to civilization, order, and to peace, it may still find some acceptance in the comity of nations,” said the Indian diplomat.
(With inputs from PTI)