UNGA 2017: Pakistan envoy terms India 'mother of terrorism in South Asia' in reply to Sushma Swaraj's speech

24 September 2017, 01:30 PM
Pakistan's permanent representative to UN Maleeha Lodhi (File photo)
Pakistan's permanent representative to UN Maleeha Lodhi (File photo)

Pakistan on Saturday termed Indian Government 'fascist' and India 'mother of terrorism in South Asia' during its right to reply to External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj's speech at UNGA. 

Addressing the UN general assembly on Saturday, Swaraj tore into the neighbouring country, calling Pakistan a “pre-eminent exporter of terror”.

In its reply, Pakistan's permanent representative to UN, Maleeha Lodhi, said that India sponsored and aided terrorism against all its neighbours, Pak media reported. 

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According to reports, Lodhi termed BJP government a fascist regime and once again raked up the issue of the use of pellets in Kashmir. 

India was ruled by a fascist ideology and it should stop supporting across-the-border terrorism, she said.

Referring to BJP's ideological parent, the Pak diplomat reportedly said that the leadership of the BJP government was “drawn from the RSS (Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh) that is accused of assassinating Mahatma Gandhi”.

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New Delhi’s “current political luminaries belong to a political organisation that has the blood of thousands of Muslims of Gujarat on their hands”, Lodhi said, referring to the 2002 Gujarat riots.

The Pakistani envoy also criticised Yogi Adityanath’s election in Uttar Pradesh, saying “the government has appointed a fanatic as the chief minister of India’s largest state”.

“It is a government, which has allowed the lynching of Muslims.”

Lodhi raised the issue pellet gun use in Kashmir by waving a picture of a woman whose face was scarred, with what looked like pellet-gun wounds. She said that Pakistan is open to a comprehensive bilateral dialogue but the agenda must include Kashmir. 

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First Published: Sunday, September 24, 2017 12:44 PM
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