publish date 2021-09-25 14:59:47
Pakistan and India exchanged accusations during the United Nations General Assembly meeting, Friday, September 24, 2021, and Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan accused India of “spreading terrorism” against Muslims, which provoked a strong reaction from the Indian delegation.
In his address to the annual United Nations General Assembly, Khan accused Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi of wanting to “eliminate India’s Muslims”, AFP reported.
Speaking via video, Khan told world leaders who attended the meeting: “India is now ruled by the worst and most widespread form of Islamophobia, its fascist regime has unleashed panic and violence against the Muslim community in India, where mobs of cow guards are committing repeated massacres against Muslims.” According to Anadolu Agency.
Khan added that India “has embarked on what it calls the final solution, with regard to occupied Jammu and Kashmir, as it has taken a series of unilateral legal measures since August 5, 2019 (…) and imprisoned Kashmiri leaders, and violently suppressed peaceful protests.”
Khan also emphasized in this regard that India’s actions “violate UN Security Council resolutions, which clearly state that the final disposition of the disputed territories must be decided by its people, through a free and fair referendum conducted under the auspices of the United Nations.”
A thorny issue between India and Pakistan is Kashmir, the region in the Himalayas between the two disputed countries.
Anger has simmered in Kashmir since 2019, when New Delhi revoked the region’s semi-autonomous rule and brought it under its direct authority, and residents of the predominantly Muslim region say repression has intensified since then.
Imran’s remarks against India came on the day Narendra Modi visited the White House, and accused the US authorities of condoning “the violations committed by India against human rights with impunity”, according to Agence France-Presse.
Khan’s statements elicited a response from the first secretary of the Indian mission to the United Nations, the young diplomat Sneha Dube, who accused Pakistan of harboring the former leader of “Al-Qaeda” Osama bin Laden, who was killed by US special forces in 2011 in a raid on the city of Abbottabad where he was hiding.
Pakistan was also accused of violence against minorities in Pakistan, while Modi, during his meeting with Biden, expressed concern about the role that Pakistan plays in Afghanistan.
For his part, Indian Foreign Minister Harsh Vardhan Shringla told reporters that India called for “close scrutiny and monitoring of Pakistan’s role in Afghanistan, Pakistan’s role in the issue of terrorism.”
Speaking about the developments in Afghanistan, Khan said that his country “has lost 80,000 Pakistanis, and lost 150 billion dollars in economic losses as a result of standing by Washington in the so-called American war on terrorism.”
Khan warned the international community of the repercussions of neglecting the humanitarian situation in Afghanistan, which in his estimation will exceed its neighbors everywhere, as “the chaotic and turbulent Afghanistan will once again become a safe haven for international terrorists,” he said.
Khan also called on the international community to “motivate the Taliban to fulfill their promises on human rights and form an inclusive government, and not to use their lands as a haven for terrorists.”
It is noteworthy that the Taliban regained control of Afghanistan after the withdrawal of US forces from the country, after a stay of 20 years.
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Source : ألدستور