If India’s reply to Pakistan’s charges at the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly session is any indication, India would no longer tolerate any false allegation from its neighbour for harbouring terrorism and human rights’ violations.
In one of the most strongly-worded counters to Pakistan Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi’s address there, India called the neighbouring country ‘Terroristan’ – which produces and exports global terrorism. This was in response to Abbasi’s comment, in which he had accused India of engaging in terrorist activities and warned of a ‘matching response’ if it crosses the Line of Control (LoC).
Using the Right to Reply, India’s envoy to UN Eenam Gambhir thundered that in its short history, Pakistan had become a geography synonymous with terror and the quest for a land of pure had actually produced the land of pure terror. Gambhir’s Pakistan counterparts’ were appearing on edge, when she asserted that it was extraordinary that the state which protected Osama Bin Laden and sheltered Mullah Omar should have the get-up-and-go to play the victim.
In a back-to-back reply to Pakistan PM Abbasi’s call for appointing a special envoy to Kashmir, India affirmed that it would not justify Pakistan’s covetous efforts to crave the territories in Jammu and Kashmir – an integral part of India. Without naming Afghanistan and Balochistan, sarcastically pointing out that all the Pakistan’s neighbours were painfully familiar with these tactics to create a narrative based on distortions, deception and deceit, India said that Pakistan’s counter-terrorism policy was to synchronise terrorism by either providing conduits or hideouts to global terrorists or sheltering them under political masks.
Targetting Pakistan for allowing 26/11 Mumbai attacks’ mastermind and the leader of Lashkar-i-Taiba, to be ‘legitimised’ as a political leader – who had recently finished third in a crucial by-poll in Lahore as a Jamaat-ud-Dawah candidate – India made it clear that how can a nation, which accepted Hafiz Mohammed Saeed, a leader of the United Nations designated terrorist organisation, as a political leader in its territory, raise fingers on others.
India’s stand has not only put a strong brake on Pakistan’s old habit of spewing venom against India at international forums, rather it also gives some strong message: It is now an accepted in the whole world that Pakistan is a safe terror haven and its claim in fighting and eliminating terrorists is counterfeit. Not to forget, US President Donald Trump’s refusal to meet a Pakistani Prime Minister, be it Abbasi or his predecessor Nawaz Sharif, is a telling sign that Pakistan has lost its credibility in Washington.