Pakistan’s U.N. envoy Maleeha Lodhi accuses New Delhi of promoting terrorism against Islamabad, violation of human rights in Jammu and Kashmir and the spread of Hindu nationalism.

If the international community wishes to “avoid a dangerous escalation between India and Pakistan”, it must call on India to halt its “provocations and aggressive actions”, Pakistan told the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on September 24, responding to Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj’s scathing attack on Islamabad’s promotion of Islamist terrorism.

Pakistan’s Permanent Representative to the U.N. Maleeha Lodhi sought to turn the table on India by accusing India of promoting terrorism against it, violation of human rights in Jammu and Kashmir and the spread of Hindu nationalism in India. Ms. Lodhi cited the selection of Yogi Adityanath as the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh to underscore her point. “It is a government which has appointed a fanatic as the Chief Minister of India’s largest State whose rallying cry to his mobs was: ‘If they kill one Hindu, we will kill 100 Muslims’. It is a government, which has allowed the lynching of Muslims. All this is amply documented,” Ms. Lodhi said.

Ms. Swaraj said in her speech on September 23 that while India built IITs, IIMS and AIIMS during the last seven decades, Pakistan had only built “jihadi factories”. Exercising her right to response, Ms. Lodhi said Ms. Swaraj indulged in “an orgy of slander against Pakistan”.

“In her vitriol she deliberately ignored the core issue of Jammu and Kashmir,” the Pakistan representative said. Pakistan has been maintaining that unless there is progress on the “core issue” there can be no improvement in India -Pakistan ties.Ms. Swaraj had said Prime Minister Narendra Modi had been willing to engage Pakistan, but Pakistan had spurned India’s positive gestures. Ms. Lodhi said India has been scuttling talks.

Ms. Swaraj said in her speech on September 23 that while India built IITs, IIMS and AIIMS during the last seven decades, Pakistan had only built “jihadi factories”. Exercising her right to response, Ms. Lodhi said Ms. Swaraj indulged in “an orgy of slander against Pakistan”.

“In her vitriol she deliberately ignored the core issue of Jammu and Kashmir,” the Pakistan representative said. Pakistan has been maintaining that unless there is progress on the “core issue” there can be no improvement in India -Pakistan ties.

Ms. Swaraj had said Prime Minister Narendra Modi had been willing to engage Pakistan, but Pakistan had spurned India’s positive gestures. Ms. Lodhi said India has been scuttling talks.

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