India and Pakistan have clashed at the United Nations with Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan slamming the rival for a “reign of terror” on Muslims, while an angry India sought to level several accusations in response.
While addressing the 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly, Imran Khan spoke of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s plan to “purge India of Muslims”.
“The worst and most pervasive form of Islamophobia now rules India,” Khan said in the address.
“The hate-filled Hindutva ideology, propagated by the fascist RSS-BJP regime, has unleashed a reign of fear and violence against India’s 200 million-strong Muslim community,” he said.
Responding to the Pakistani premier’s speech,India’s First Secretary at the General Assembly Sneha Dubey exercised the right to respond and accused Pakistan of sheltering and harbouring terrorists.
“Pakistan nurtures terrorists in their backyard in the hope that they will only harm their neighbours.”
“Unlike Pakistan, India is a pluralistic democracy with a substantial population of minorities who have gone on to hold highest offices in the country,” Dubey said.
She said that Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh “were, are and will always be an integral and inalienable part of India”. She emphasised that this includes the areas that are “occupied” by Pakistan.
She also claimed that Imran Khan was trying to divert the world’s attention from the “sad state of his country where terrorists enjoy a free pass while the lives of ordinary people, especially those belonging to minority communities, are turned upside down”.
Dubey’s speech at the UN earned her a lot of praise from Indian Twitterati.
Exercising the right of reply in response to the Indian representative’s allegations, Pakistani representative Saima Saleem said that Jammu and Kashmir is “neither a so-called integral part of India nor is it India’s internal matter”.
The Pakistani representative said “India remains in occupation of an internationally recognised disputed territory, whose final disposition needs to be decided in accordance with the democratic principles of a plebiscite under the resolutions of the UN Security Council.”
“India’s violations of human rights in occupied Jammu and Kashmir are well documented in the two reports of the High Commissioner on Human Rights,” the Pakistani representative said.