Pakistan has responded to the Indian external affairs minister, Sushma Swaraj’s speech in the UN General Assembly on Saturday accusing India of being the ‘mother of terrorism.’
“India has sponsored and perpetrated terrorism and aggression against all its neighbours; creating terror groups; destabilising and blockading neighbours to do its strategic bidding and sponsoring subversion, sabotage and terrorism in various parts of Pakistan. All this establishes that India is the mother of terrorism in South Asia,” Pakistan’s Ambassador to the UN, Maleeha Lodhi, was quoted by PTI.
She alleged that India was sponsoring terrorism in various parts of her country. She asked the international community to call on New Delhi to halt its provocations and aggressive actions if they wished to avoid dangerous escalation between the south Asian neighbours.
Lodhi said, “If the international community wishes to avoid a dangerous escalation between India and Pakistan, it must call on India to halt its provocations and aggressive actions. It must end the ceasefire violations along the Line of Control. It must halt its sponsorship of terrorist groups against Pakistan.”
Swaraj on Saturday had earned plenty of plaudits for her impressive speech at the UN General Assembly.
Swaraj, who chose to speak in Hindi, left her audience captive as she spoke about her government’s achievement, climate change and, more crucially, Pakistan. While speaking about Pakistan, Swaraj taunted how the country had been transformed into a failed state while India had moved on the path of development in the last 70 years since partition.
Taking a dig at Pakistan, she said, “We set up IITs, IIMs, AIIMS and ISRO. What did Pakistan make? They set up Lashkar-e-Taiba, Jaish-e-Mohammed, Haqqani Network, Hizbul Mujahiddeen. We produced scholars, doctors, engineers. What have you produced? You have produced terrorists.”
Given that such responses are normally given by a low level foreign service official, it was quite significant that the top Pakistani diplomat took up the floor to launch a verbal dual against India, a report by PTI said.
Exercising Pakistan's right of reply to Indian Foreign Minister's statement in UNGA Saturday pic.twitter.com/zPNAIdu9jN
— Maleeha Lodhi (@LodhiMaleeha) September 24, 2017
India did not immediately exercise its right to response to Lodhi’s remarks, in which Pakistan for the second time accused the National Security Advisor Ajit K Doval of interfering in Balochistan.
Lodhi added that the ‘largest democracy’ is also “the world’s largest hypocrisy” and it’s ruled by the “fascist” ideology alleging that Swaraj in her speech criticised Pakistan’s founding father MA Jinnah.