In a strong rebuttal, Ambassador Syed Akbaruddin, India’s Permanent Representative at the United Nations today said that Pakistan “uses terrorism as state policy towards that misguided end.”
Speaking at the High-level thematic debate “UN@70 Human Rights at the center of the global agenda”, Akbaruddin hit out at Pakistan saying the country “extols the virtues of terrorists.” Some have termed Akbaruddin’s speech as the hardest-hitting against Pakistan in recent times.
Akbaruddin’s rebuke to Pakistan comes soon after the neighbor country raised in the UN the issue of the killing of Hizbul commander Burhan Wani.
Pakistan’s envoy Maleeha Lodhi, apart from raising the Kashmir issue in her speech, also mentioned the “extra-judicial” killing of Wani, whom she described as a “Kashmiri leader”, by Indian forces.
Here are the key things that Syed Akbaruddin said about Pakistan and India’s policy in his speech at the UN:
- Regrettably, earlier today we have seen an attempt at misuse of this UN platform. The attempt came from Pakistan; a country that covets the territory of others; a country that uses terrorism as state policy towards that misguided end; a country that extols the virtues of terrorists and that provides sanctuary to UN-designated terrorists; and a country that masquerades its efforts as support for human rights and self determination.
- Pakistan, is the same country whose track record has failed to convince the international community to gain membership of the Human Rights Council in this very Session of the UNGA.
- The international community has long seen through such designs. Cynical attempts, like the one this morning therefore, find no resonance in this forum or elsewhere in the United Nations.
- As a diverse, pluralistic and tolerant society, India’s commitment to the rule of law, democracy and human rights is enshrined in its founding principles and we remain strongly committed to the promotion and protection of all human rights for all through pursuit of dialogue and cooperation.