New York: India on Sunday exercised its Right to Reply and delivered stinging reply in response to Pakistan’s statement against India at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). The Right to Reply statement titled New Pakistan cast in the mold of the old was delivered by Eenam Gambhir, First Secretary in the Permanent Mission of India to the United Nations.Also Read - UN General Assembly Suspends Russia From Human Rights Council After Killings in Ukraine's Bucha
“This morning my delegation came to this august assembly to listen attentively to the new Foreign Minister of Pakistan outline the vision of a new Pakistan. What we heard is a new Pakistan cast in the mold of old,” India in its response said. Also Read - PM Modi Clocks 20 Meetings in His 65-hour Stay in US
Rejecting Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi‘s allegations that New Delhi orchestrated the 2014 Peshawar school attack, the Indian diplomat said “Amongst the most outrageous was the preposterous allegation relating to the horrifying terror attack on Peshawar school four ago. Let me recollect, for Pak new govt, the outpouring of sorrow and pain in India that followed massacre of innocent children in ’14.” Also Read - Sneha Dubey, Enam Gambhir And Vidisha Maitra: Trend of Young Indian Diplomats Ripping Apart Pakistan Leaders at UN Began in 2016
“India’s Parliament had expressed solidarity while paying respect to the memory of those killed. Schools all over India had observed two minutes of silence in their memory,” India’s First Secretary in the Permanent Mission of India to the UN said. (Also Read: Meet The Young Indian Diplomat Eenam Gambhir Who Flayed Pakistan at United Nations)
Asserting that the allegations on India were a part of Pakistan’s attempts to get away from the “monster of terror” that it has created, the Indian diplomat said, “The despicable insinuation made by Pak Foreign Minister dishonours memory of innocent lives lost to terrorists that day. It’s a desperate attempt to look away from the monster of terror that Pakistan itself created in its quest to destabilise its neighbours and covet their territory.”
India also raised questions at Pakistan for letting designated terrorists such as Hafiz Saeed enjoy a free run in Pakistan. “Before preaching to the world, the championing of human rights should begin at home,” Gambhir said. The questions raised at Pakistan were:
— Can Pakistan deny that it’s the host and patron of 132 of the UN designated terrorists and 22 terrorist entities sanctioned under the 1267 and 1988 UN Security Council Sanctions regime as of today?
— Will Pakistan deny that UN-designated terrorist Hafiz Saeed enjoys a free run inside Pakistan, spews venom and sets up candidates for electoral offices?
Reacting to Pak Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi terming India calling off of talks on “filmsy grounds”, Eenam Gambhir said, “New Foreign Minister of Pak chose to term the gruesome killing of our security personnel by Pak sponsored terrorists as flimsy grounds. While it may not be the case for Pakistan, for India every loss of life counts.”
Establishing the importance of Jammu and Kashmir, India said that the state is an integral part of India and will remain so. “Pakistan must demonstrate that it has moved beyond a narrative of distortion, deception and deceit,” India said. To conclude, India reiterated that it is “our belief that talks and terror can’t go together.”