Pakistan hit back at India after the latter described occupied Kashmir as an “internal matter” and levelled allegations of sponsoring terrorism against the former.
“Jammu and Kashmir neither is a so-called ‘integral’ part of India nor is it India’s internal matter,” Pakistani representative at the UN Saima Saleem said in response to an Indian delegate’s statement, which asserted that by raising the Kashmir dispute in his speech to the UN General Assembly on Friday, Prime Minister Imran Khan had brought in “matters internal to my country.”
“India’s compulsive obsession with Pakistan is neither new nor surprising. It has permeated its ruling elite and governance structures.
The Indian delegate, Sneha Dubey, while exercising her right of reply to PM Imran Khan’s statement, had made sweeping allegations about Pakistan’s alleged involvement in terrorism.
In her remarks, she claimed that Pakistan has a policy of harboring, aiding, and actively supporting terrorists.
In response, Saleem said: “As for India’s use of the canard of terrorism, regurgitating stale arguments that are typical of all occupiers.
“Let me emphasize that India itself is the principal perpetrator, sponsor, financier, and abettor of terrorism in the region,” she said, adding New Delhi was involved in at least 4 different types of terrorism.
First, India is resorting to “state terrorism” by suppressing the people of IIOJK.
Second, India is funding and supporting terrorist organizations like the TTP which conducts numerous cross-border terrorist attacks against Pakistan.
Third, India is financing and organizing mercenary terrorist organizations against Pakistan to impede economic growth and prosperity of the region, the Pakistani representative said, adding that Indian National Security Adviser Ajit Doval had also publicly admitted to this.
Fourth, India is being guided by a supremacist ideology that has mainstreamed Islamophobia and bigotry against minorities, particularly Muslims, she said.
“In today’s incredibly intolerant India, the 200 million-strong Muslim minority faces frequent lynching by ‘cow vigilantes’, pogroms by RSS thugs with official complicity, discriminatory citizenship laws to disenfranchise Muslims, and a concerted campaign to destroy mosques and the rich Muslim heritage of India.”
The Pakistani representative concluded her speech by stating that the Indian delegation would do well to reflect on the troubling trajectory of their state, rather than “indulging in patent falsehoods about Pakistan”.
“India must realize that it has continuously and miserably failed to suppress the Kashmiris living under its occupation from demanding their inalienable right to self-determination,” she said.
Saleem’s response also garnered attention from federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Fawad Chaudhry.
In a tweet, he said: “Saima Saleem exercising right of reply in UNGA. Saima is visually impaired, but the way in which she spoke it seems her heart can see everything. You have made us proud. Thank you.”