United Nations: Pakistan is now “Terroristan”, India has said in a formidable rebuttal at the UN to Pakistani prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi calling for a special envoy to Kashmir while alleging that the “struggle of the people in the region is being brutally suppressed by India”.
India, exercising its Right of Reply after Abbasi’s speech at the UN General Assembly, said it was “extraordinary” that the state that sheltered Osama bin Laden was creating narratives based on deception and deceit.
“In its short history, Pakistan is 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,” Syed Akbaruddin, India’s Permanent Representative to the UN, said.
Akbaruddin described Pakistan as a country whose counter-terrorism policy was to “mainstream and upstream terrorists” by either providing safe havens to terror leaders in its military town or protecting them with political careers.
“Its current state can be gauged from the fact that Hafiz Mohammad Saeed, a leader of the UN designated terrorist organization Lashkar-e-Taiba, is now sought to be legitimized as a leader of a political party,” he said.
Akbaruddin also said Pakistan, after diverting billions of dollars in aid towards creating a dangerous infrastructure of terror, was paying the price.
“Even as terrorists thrive in Pakistan and roam its streets with impunity, we have heard it lecture about 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,” he said.
Earlier, the Pakistan Prime Minister, in his first address to the UN General Assembly, had accused India of terror against his country and had warned of a “matching response” if it “ventures across the Line of Control or acts upon its doctrine of limited war against Pakistan”. (Agencies)