Pakistani PM Imran Khan labels India’s authorities ‘fascist’, as India accuses its neighbour of nurturing ‘terror’.
India and Pakistan have clashed on the United Nations as Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan accused the rival of a “reign of terror” on Muslims, drawing a stern rebuke.
Even for Pakistan, which routinely castigates India on the world physique, Khan’s speech on Friday to the UN General Assembly (UNGA), delivered by video because of COVID-19 precautions, was strikingly loaded as he accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of a plan to “purge India of Muslims”.
In a prerecorded speech aired throughout the night, the Pakistani prime minister touched on a variety of subjects that included local weather change, international Islamophobia and “the plunder of the developing world by their corrupt elites”.
But Khan reserved his harshest phrases for India, as soon as once more labelling Modi’s Hindu nationalist authorities “fascist”.
“The worst and most pervasive form of Islamophobia now rules India,” Khan mentioned in his handle.
“The hate-filled Hindutva ideology, propagated by the fascist RSS-BJP regime, has unleashed a reign of fear and violence against India’s 200 million-strong Muslim community,” he mentioned.
Khan was referring to Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party and the affiliated Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, a century-old Hindu revivalist motion with a paramilitary element.
Under Modi, India has rescinded the autonomy of Kashmir, its solely Muslim-majority area, pushed by way of a citizenship legislation that critics name discriminatory and has witnessed repeated flare-ups of religious-based violence.
Speaking on the day Modi was visiting the White House, Khan – who’s but to talk to President Joe Biden – alleged that industrial pursuits with billion-plus India had been permitting it to “get away with human rights abuses with complete impunity”.
‘Pakistan nurtures terrorists’
While India typically ignores Pakistan’s statements on the world physique, a younger Indian diplomat on the ground exercised the best to reply to Khan.
Sneha Dubey, a primary secretary at India’s UN mission, accused Pakistan of sheltering and glorifying al-Qaeda mastermind Osama bin Laden who was killed by US particular forces in a 2011 raid within the military metropolis of Abbottabad.
“This is the country which is an arsonist disguising itself as a firefight,” she mentioned.
“Pakistan nurtures terrorists in their back yard in the hope that they will only harm their neighbours.”
She highlighted violence in opposition to minorities in Pakistan in addition to its “religious and cultural genocide” in 1971 as Bangladesh gained independence.
“Unlike Pakistan, India is a pluralistic democracy with a substantial population of minorities who have gone on to hold highest offices in the country,” Dubey mentioned.
Her reply triggered yet one more response as a Pakistani diplomat, Saima Saleem, took challenge with Dubey’s rivalry that Kashmir, which is partially managed by Islamabad, is an inside challenge.
Modi is about to handle the UNGA in particular person on Saturday, a day after a bilateral assembly with Biden.