‘Brinksmanship Not Statesmanship’: India Slams Pakistan at UN

Exercising its right of reply to Pakistan PM Imran Khan’s speech at the UN General Assembly, Vidisha Maitra, First Secretary in Ministry of External Affairs, said today that PM Imran Khan’s threat of unleashing nuclear devastation qualifies as brinksmanship, not statesmanship. She reminded that for someone who was once a cricketer and believed in the gentleman’s game, his speech at the UN General Assembly bordered on the crudeness of the variety that is reminiscent of the guns of Darra Adam Khel.

She asked Will Pakistan acknowledge that it is the only govt in the world that provides pension to an individual listed by the UN in the Al-Qaeda and Daesh sanctions list? Can Pakistan PM confirm that it is home to 130 UN-designated terrorists and 25 terrorist entities listed by the UN?

Calling out Pakistan’s track record of providing financial support to terrorists, she asked, Will Pakistan deny that Financial Action Task Force has put the country on notice for its violations of more than 20 of the 27 key parameters? And would PM Imran Khan deny to the city of New York that he was an open defender of Osama bin Laden?

Hitting hard at PM Imran Khan, She asked him to refresh his rather sketchy understanding of history. Do not forget the gruesome genocide perpetrated by Pakistan against its own people in 1971. She mentioned that Pakistan is a country that has shrunk the size of its minority community from 23% in 1947 to 3% today and has subjected Christians, Sikhs, Ahmadiyas, Hindus, Shias, Pashtuns, Sindhis and Balochis to draconian blasphemy laws, systemic persecution, blatant abuse and forced conversions.

She said, now that PM Imran Khan has invited UN observers to Pakistan to verify that there are no militant organisations in his country, the world will hold him to that promise. She further said, the mainstreaming of Jammu & Kashmir, as well as Ladakh, in India’s thriving and vibrant democracy with a millennia-old heritage of diversity, pluralism and tolerance is well and truly underway and irreversibly. Citizens of India do not need anyone else to speak on their behalf, least of all those who have built an industry of terrorism from the ideology of hate.

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