'Arsonist disguised as fire-fighter': India slams Pakistan at UNGA over Kashmir, terrorism

WION Web Team
New DelhiUpdated: Sep 25, 2021, 12:25 PM IST

First Secretary Sneha Dubey lashing out at Pakistan during Right for Reply during United Nations General Assembly Photograph:(ANI)

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India reacted strongly in United Nations General Assembly after Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan raked up Kashmir issue in his virtual address. India pointed out that Pakistan has long harboured terrorists and evern 9/11 mastermind Osama Bin Laden was found in Pakistan. 

India strongly slammed Pakistan in its Right of Reply at United Nations General Assembly after Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan raked up Kashmir issue during his virtual address to the assembly. India said that Pakistan had established history of supporting terrorists. Sneha Dubey, First Secretary at UNGA said that terrorists enjoyed "free pass" in Pakistan.

"Regrettably, this is not the first time the leader of Pakistan has misused platforms provided by the UN to propagate false and malicious propaganda against my country, and seeking in vain to divert the world's attention from the sad state of his country where terrorists enjoy free pass while the lives of ordinary people, especially those belonging to the minority communities, are turned upside down," said Dubey.

"Member States are aware that Pakistan has an established history and policy of harbouring, aiding and actively supporting terrorists. This is a country that has been globally recognized as one openly supporting, training, financing and arming terrorists as a matter of State policy. It holds the ignoble record of hosting the largest number of terrorists proscribed by the UN Security Council," she added.

She said that Imran Khan statements were an attempt to "spew falsehoods". She also slammed him for commenting on internal matters of India.

"We exercise our Right of Reply to one more attempt by the leader of Pakistan to tarnish the image of this august forum by bringing in matters internal to my country, and going so far as to spew falsehoods on the world stage," she said.

Imran Khan, in his virtual address claimed that Pakistan wanted peace with India but put the onus on India.

"The onus remains on India to create a conducive environment for meaningful and result-oriented engagement with Pakistan," Khan's statement read.

Pakistan glorified Osama Bin Laden as martyr

First Secretary Sneha Dubey recalled 9/11 attacks and underlined that Osama Bin Laden was eventually found in Pakistan.

"We marked the solemn occasion of the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks a few days back. The world has not forgotten that the mastermind behind that dastardly event, Osama Bin Laden, got shelter in Pakistan. Even today, Pakistan leadership glorify him as a martyr," she said.

Dubey further said, "Regrettably, even today we heard the leader of Pakistan trying to justify acts of terror. Such defence of terrorism is unacceptable in the modern world."

"Arsonist disguised as fire-fighter"

Calling Pakistan "arsonist disguised as fire-fighter" she countered Pakistan's usual claim of being a victim of terrorism.

(With inputs from agencies)