Sunday Sep 24 2017
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India 'mother of terrorism' in South Asia, Lodhi hits back at Swaraj

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Pakistan's Permanent Rep to the UN Maleeha Lodhi emphasised that India should stop supporting and aiding terrorism across the border

UNITED NATIONS: Maleeha Lodhi — Pakistan’s permanent representative to the UN — during her address to the General Assembly early Sunday morning said India is the mother of terrorism in South Asia.

Voicing her rebuttal to Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj's comment that Pakistan is a "pre-eminent export factory for terror", Lodhi claimed that India's posture is that of a predator.

Lodhi also emphasised that India — a nation ruled by fascist ideology — should stop supporting and aiding terrorism and related activities across the border.

"Indian leaders have Muslim blood on their hands," she said.

Pakistan calls for an inquiry into the war crimes perpetrated by India in Occupied Kashmir (IoK), the Pakistani UN representative stated, noting that forceful occupation of the troubled, conflict-ridden region is illegal.

"Kashmir is not part of India," Lodhi stressed, adding that the global community needs to collectively make India stop violating the ceasefire arrangement between the two countries.

Alleging that Swaraj slandered against Pakistan in her comments earlier in the day, Lodhi said that Pakistan desires to resolve problems through constructive talks, which are conditional to India doing away with its policy of terrorism.

Ambassador Lodhi said the UN should define terrorism, but said it should include "state terrorism". "The state terrorism which the Indian National Security Adviser (Ajit Doval) has boasted is being sponsored by India's spy agencies in Pakistan's Balochistan province in what he called a 'double squeeze' strategy."

The UN representative said [convicted Indian spy] Kulbhushan Jadhav confessed to subversion in Pakistan, causing terror in the country, and receiving India's aid for the plans.

Deploring the Indian minister's attempt to denigrate Pakistan's founding father, Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah, the Pakistani envoy said, "All I can say about India's current political luminaries is that they belong to a political organisation that has the blood of thousands of Muslims of Gujarat on its hands."

India has fought wars with or in all of its neighbouring countries, Lodhi said. She also mentioned that the 'largest democracy' is also "the world's largest hypocrisy".

"It is ruled by a government in which a racist and fascist ideology is firmly embedded. The leadership of this government emanates from the RSS, the same extremist group, which is accused of assassinating Mahatma Gandhi," ambassador Lodhi said. "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 Muslim'. It is a government, which has allowed the lynching of Muslims."