India today denounced Pakistani Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto for his offensive personal attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, calling it a “new low even for Pakistan”.
In a strong and brutal condemnation of Bilawal Bhutto’s remarks at the UN, New Delhi said Pakistan lacks the credentials to defame India and added that it must stop “Make in Pakistan terrorism”.
In a highly objectionable remark on Thursday, Bilawal Bhutto had said, “Osama bin Laden is dead, but the butcher of Gujarat is alive and he is the prime minister of India.” He was responding to a strong attack on Foreign Minister S. Jaishankar who called Pakistan the “epicenter of terrorism”.
“These comments are a new low even for Pakistan. The Foreign Minister of Pakistan has clearly forgotten this day in 1971, which was a direct result of the genocide unleashed by Pakistani rulers against ethnic Bengalis and Hindus. Unfortunately, Pakistan seems not to do that.” “A lot has changed in the treatment of its minorities. It certainly has no credentials to defame India,” the State Department said in a statement.
Pakistan’s foreign minister’s “uncivilized outburst” appeared to stem from Pakistan’s “increasing inability to deploy terrorists and their proxies,” the ministry said.
“Cities like New York, Mumbai, Pulwama, Pathankot and London are among many that bear the scars of Pakistan-sponsored, supported and fueled terrorism. This violence has emerged from their Special Terrorist Zones and exported to all parts of the world. ” Make’s terrorism in Pakistan must stop.”
India said Pakistan is a country that glorifies Osama bin Laden as a martyr and hosts terrorists like Lakhvi, Hafiz Saeed, Masood Azhar, Sajid Mir and Dawood Ibrahim. “No other country can boast of 126 UN-designated terrorists and 27 UN-designated terrorist entities,” the statement said.
“We wish Pakistan’s Foreign Minister had listened more sincerely to the testimony of Ms Anjali Kulthe, a Mumbai nurse who saved the lives of 20 pregnant women from the bullets of Pakistani terrorist Ajmal Kasab, yesterday in the UN Security Council. Clearly, “The foreign minister was more interested in the whitewashing role of Pakistan. Pakistan FM’s frustration would be better directed at the masterminds of terrorist enterprises in its own country, which have made terrorism part of their state policy. Pakistan must change its own mentality or become a pariah,” the government said.
Union ministers also condemned the comments, calling Bilawal Bhutto “mentally bankrupt and irresponsible”.
“The language used by Pakistan’s foreign minister shows that he not only represents a bankrupt country, but he is also mentally bankrupt,” said Meenakshi Lekhi, deputy foreign minister.
“He is the representative of a failed state and has failed himself, so Pakistan has also failed. What can you expect from those with a terror mentality?”
Anurag Thakur, the Union Minister of Information and Broadcasting, called the comments “nefarious and shameful”.
“Maybe they (Pakistan) still feel the pain of 1971. More than 93,000 Pakistani soldiers surrendered for India that day. His grandfather (Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, former president of Pakistan) cried when they lost,” Anurag Thakur told reporters .
“Pakistani soil has been used to nurture, shield and protect terrorism. Their nefarious plans have been revealed to the world,” Thakur said.
Yesterday, in a scorching attack on Pakistan, Secretary of State Jaishankar said, “My advice is to clean up your behavior and try to be a good neighbour. Hillary Clinton said during her visit to Pakistan that if you keep snakes in your backyard, you can’t expect them to bite just your neighbors, eventually they will bite the people they keep in the backyard.”
Prime Minister Modi has been cleared of any wrongdoing by an inquiry into the 2002 Gujarat riots. Earlier this year, the Supreme Court rejected an appeal against his acquittal in one of the cases related to the killings.
More than 1,000 people were killed in three days of violence in Gujarat and the state police were accused of not doing enough to stop the riots that began after a train carriage carrying pilgrims was set on fire in Godhra, killing 59 people.
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