Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan’s threat of unleashing nuclear devastation “qualifies as brinkmanship not statesmanship”, India said today responding to Mr Khan’s speech at the United Nations General Assembly. “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,” Vidisha Maitra, First Secretary, Ministry of External Affairs, said at the United Nations, using India’s right to reply.
Here are the highlights to India’s reply to Pak PM Imran Khan’s speech
- 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”.
- Prime Minister Khan’s threat of unleashing nuclear devastation qualifies as brinksmanship, not statesmanship.
- Vidisha Maitra, First Secretary MEA exercises India’s right of reply to Pakistan PM Imran Khan’s speech
- Can Pakistan confirm the fact that it is home to 130 UN designated terrorists and 25 terrorist entities listed by the UN, as of today?
- Can Pakistan deny that it seeks pension for a global terrorist who is on the Al Qaeda and Daesh sanctions list?
- Can Pakistan deny that their premier bank – the Habib Bank had to shut down after being fined millions for being guilty of terror financing?
- And would Prime Minister Khan deny to the city of New York that he was an open defender of Osama bin Laden?
- Will Pakistan deny that the Financial Action Task Force has put the country on notice for its violations of more than 20 of the 27 key parameters?