UNITED NATIONS: In a scathing response to Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan’s “incessant rant” and “venom” in the UN General Assembly, first secretary in the permanent mission of India to the UN, Mijito Vinito, said that the “only crowning glory” that Pakistan has to show to the world for the last seven decades is terrorism, ethnic cleansing, majoritarian fundamentalism and clandestine nuclear trade.
Country’s young diplomat from Nagaland on the floor of the UN said, “This august forum witnessed a new low on its 75th anniversary. The leader of Pakistan today called for those who incite hate and violence to be outlawed. But as he went on, we were left wondering, was he referring to himself?”
Earlier, Imran Khan spoke about India’s internal affairs, including the issue of Jammu and Kashmir, during his pre-recorded video statement at the high-level general debate. Vinito, who was sitting at India’s seat in the UN General Assembly hall for the general debate, walked out when Khan started his usual “diatribe” about India.
“This hall heard the incessant rant of someone who had nothing to show for himself, who had no achievements to speak of and no reasonable suggestion to offer to the world. Instead, we saw lies, misinformation, warmongering and malice spread through this Assembly,” the young Indian diplomat said.
Vinito said, “The only crowning glory that this country has to show to the world for the last 70 years is terrorism, ethnic cleansing, majoritarian fundamentalism and clandestine nuclear trade.”
Alluding to the “stellar record” of Pakistan, he said this is the country that has the “dubious distinction” of hosting the largest number of terrorists proscribed by the United Nations, a reference to terror masterminds such as Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) founder Hafiz Saeed and Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) head Masood Azhar.
“This is the same country that provides pensions for dreaded and listed terrorists out of State funds. The leader whom we heard today is the same person who referred to terrorist Osama Bin Laden as a ‘martyr’” in the Pakistani Parliament in July, Vinito said.
Strongly asserting that Jammu and Kashmir is India’s “integral and inalienable part” and the rules and legislation brought in the Union Territory are strictly its internal affairs, the Naga diplomat said, “The only dispute left in Kashmir relates to that part of Kashmir that is still under the illegal occupation of Pakistan. We call upon Pakistan to vacate all those areas that it is in illegal occupation of.”
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