Vidisha Maitra, First Secretary, Ministry of External Affairs, while exercising India’s right of reply to Khan’s speech, gave a stern
reply to Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan’s speech at
UNGA calling it “hate speech” and “brinksmanship, not statesmanship.” She further added that “Rarely has the General Assembly witnessed such misuse — abuse — of the opportunity.” She accused Khan of hypocrisy
and said his words “reflect a medieval mindset and not a 21st-century vision.”
Imran Khan’s speech at UNGA has done more harm than any significant achievement. He tried to widen the gap among the world community based on ethnicity and his condemnation of Islamophobia
has put Pakistan on back foot since minorities such as Ahmadis, Shiite Muslims, Hindus, Christians are subjected to violence for their religious beliefs in Pakistan. The credibility of Pakistan has come under the lens after Pakistan voted against
a resolution calling for an extension of the UN investigation into
war crimes in Yemen and ignoring the plight of Uighur Muslims in China. Pakistan’s rhetoric of ‘nuclear war’
will definitely go against the country as there is growing unease in global community about the safety of Pakistan’s nuclear weapons.
Pakistan today stands isolated at world stage, as it was not able to win even the support of 16 members of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to present a resolution highlighting the Kashmir issue. Imran Khan failed to mobilise world opinion on Kashmir issue as no country except Turkey
and Malaysia, even issued a formal statement at UNGA. The lines from Macbeth “It is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing” aptly describe the speech of Imran Khan, Prime Minister of Pakistan at UNGA 2019.
04 Oct 19/Friday
Written by Fayaz