United Nations: Pakistan accused India of adopting a posture of that of a “predator” and said if the international community wishes to avoid a dangerous escalation between the two neighbours, it must call on New Delhi to halt its provocations and aggressive actions.
Terming India as the “mother of terrorism” in South Asia, Pakistan’s Ambassador to the UN Maleeha Lodhi accused it of sponsoring terrorism in various parts of her country.
Ms Lodhi said if the parties fail to resolve a dispute, the UN and the international community has not only the right but the obligation to intervene and help to resolve the dispute. “UN Security Council resolutions do not lapse with time. Or are ‘overtaken’, as the Indian foreign minister put it. Law has no expiry date. Morality has no sell-by date. India’s posture is that of the predator. It cannot escape its legal and moral obligation to abide by the resolutions of the Security Council,” she said.
Referring to Ms Swaraj’s remarks on terrorism and her push for a definition, Ms Lodhi said the UN should actually define terrorism.
“India has sponsored and perpetrated terrorism and aggression against all its neighbours; creating terror groups; destabilising and blockading neighbours to do its strategic bidding and sponsoring subversion, sabotage and terrorism in various parts of Pakistan. All this establishes that India is the mother of terrorism in South Asia,” she alleged.
She said the ‘largest democracy’ is also “the world’s largest hypocrisy” and it’s ruled by the “fascist” ideology. Ms Lodhi alleged that Ms Swaraj in her speech criticised Pakistan’s founding father MA Jinnah.
She also said Pakistan remains open to resuming a comprehensive dialogue with India to address all outstanding issues, especially Jammu and Kashmir and discuss measures to maintain peace and security.
“But this dialogue must be accompanied by an end to India’s campaign of subversion and state sponsored terrorism in Pakistan,” she demanded.