Beijing, Sep 26: A state-run Chinese daily Global Times on Monday termed External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj’s speech at United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) as ‘arrogant’ but admitted that ‘there is indeed terrorism in Pakistan’. Swaraj at the UNGA speech said, “I want to ask Pakistan: We both became independent together. But why is it that today India is a recognised IT superpower in the world, and Pakistan is recognised only as the pre-eminent export factory for terror?”
Referring to terrorist groups like Lashkar-e-Taiba and Jaish-e-Muhammad, Swaraj said that India has established scientific and technical institutions which are the pride of the world but “why is it that Pakistan gave birth to Lashkar-e-Taiba, Jaish-e-Muhammad, Haqqani Network and other terrorists” she asked.
“But what has Pakistan offered to the world and indeed to its own people apart from terrorism? We produced scholars, doctors, engineers. What have you produced? You have produced terrorists,” she said, which the Chinese daily termed as “bigotry”.
Global Times said that although there is indeed terrorism in Pakistan, is supporting terror the country’s national policy? “What can Pakistan gain from exporting terrorism? Money or honour,” it said.
“With smooth development of its economy and foreign relations in recent years, an arrogant India has looked down on Pakistan and assumed a haughty air with China,” said the editorial titled ‘India’s bigotry no match for its ambition’,” it said, PTI reported.
The Chinese daily also suggested that to prevent disputes from spilling over, India should befriend China and respect Pakistan. Referring to China’s blocking of India’s efforts to declare Jaish-e-Mohammad chief Masood Azhar as a terrorist by the United Nations, it said that Sushma Swaraj was deemed by the Indian media for making a veiled dig at China.
The Chinese daily also mentioned the Doklam standoff between the armies of India and China. “India also seems to assess China’s strategic hostility with its own logic: China’s sound relations with Pakistan are to counter India,” it said. It added that the road construction by China in Doklam is to threaten the security of its Siliguri Corridor and China’s Belt.
“Road initiative operates programmes with Pakistan and other South Asian countries to encircle India. In any case, India’s interests always reside at the epicenter of this logic,” it said.
India on Monday accused Pakistan of using fake pictures to embellish its false narrative on Kashmir. Coming with a strong rebuttal at the United Nations, Paulomi Tripathi, Secretary to India’s permanent mission to the UN, showed photos a martyred Kashmiri Indian Army officer to point to the cross-border terrorism. This was in response to Pakistani diplomat Maleeha Lodhi trying to pass off a picture of a Palestinian woman as a victim of pellet gunfire in Kashmir.
“The Permanent Representative of Pakistan misled this Assembly by displaying this picture to spread falsehoods about India. A fake picture to push a completely false narrative,” Tripathy said.