Pakistan’s Permanent Representative at the United Nations Maleeha Lodhi said that India is the mother of terrorism in South Asia, reported the state-run radio service on Sunday.
In her response to the allegations of terrorism levelled against Pakistan by India’s External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj in her address at the UN General Assembly session in New York, Lodhi said India is using terrorism as a state policy.
On Saturday, Sushma Swaraj in her address accused Islamabad of terrorism. In her diatribe she said, “Pakistan is recognised only as the pre-eminent export factory for terror.” Relations between India and Pakistan have been tense in recent times, mainly over Kashmir. India accuses Islamabad of training, arming and infiltrating militants into Kashmir, a claim that Pakistan has denied repeatedly.
*“Indian spy Kulbhushan Yadav has confessed of committing terrorism in Pakistan,”* Ambassador Lodhi was quoted as saying at the UN General Assembly.
Lodhi also rejected the Indian stance on Kashmir, saying that Kashmir is not a part of India but the state has illegally been occupied by the country. She termed India’s refusal to implement the UN resolutions on Kashmir dispute a deception and aggression. The so-called largest democracy is the largest “hypocrisy”, DawnNews quoted her as saying.
India has been levelling allegations against Pakistan to divert international attention from the brutalities of Indian forces in held Kashmir, she said. The crimes against humanity in held Kashmir should be investigated.
She also urged the the international community to stop India from ceasefire violations on the Line of Control. Pakistan wants a resolution of all outstanding issues through talks, she said, adding that India will have to give up the policy of terrorism.
As a pre-condition for a fruitful dialogue, she said that India will have to shun the policy of terrorism and supporting terrorism in Pakistan.
The Ambassador also charged Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi of being involved in killing of Muslims in Gujrat. Hands of several leaders of the ruling party in India are stained with blood of innocent people, she added.
Even minorities in India are not safe, she remarked.
‘Pakistan export factory for terror’ India’s foreign minister on Saturday had told the UN that Islamabad had given the world “terrorists” while India was producing top-notch doctors and engineers.
*“Why is it today India is a recognised IT superpower in the world, and Pakistan is recognised only as the pre-eminent export factory for terror?” Sushma Swaraj told the General Assembly. “We produced scholars, doctors, engineers. What have you produced? You have produced terrorists.”*
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi stepped up a drive to isolate Pakistan diplomatically after the Uri army base attack in Sept 2016 in which 19 Indian soldiers were killed.
Hours after the attack occurred, Indian Home Minister Rajnath Singh had termed Pakistan a ‘terrorist state’ and accused Pakistan of involvement ─ a claim that Islamabad has denied.
Following the attack, Swaraj at the UNGA last year had said that it was time to identify nations who* “nurture, peddle and export terrorism and isolate them if they don’t join the global fight against terrorism.”*
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Pakistan rejects these allegations, maintaining that India is responsible for financing and carrying out subversive activities, especially in Balochistan and Karachi, which it illustrates with the example of Indian Research and Analysis Wing agent Kulbhushan Jadhav, who was arrested in Balochistan last year.
It also claims India has been attempting to sabotage the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC)