Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari’s ‘uncivilized’ attacks on PM Modi are new, even for Pakistan – India : The Tribune India
New Delhi, December 16
India launched an unrestrained attack on Pakistani Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari on Friday for his “uncivilized” outburst against Prime Minister Narendra Modi, calling the comments a “new low” even for Pakistan. .
In strong condemnation, Foreign Ministry spokesman Arindam Bagchi said Pakistan’s foreign minister’s “frustration” would be better directed at the masterminds of terrorist enterprises in his own country who have made terrorism a part of his “State policy”.
“Pakistan is a country that glorifies Osama bin Laden as a martyr and harbors terrorists like (Zakiur Rehman) Lakhvi, Hafiz Saeed, Masood Azhar, Sajid Mir and Dawood Ibrahim. No other country can boast of having 126 UN designated terrorists and 27 UN designated terrorist entities,” Bagchi said.
Bagchi said the Foreign Minister’s “uncivilized outburst” appeared to be the result of Pakistan’s growing inability to use terrorists and their “proxies.”
Pakistan’s Foreign Minister resorted to a personal attack on PM Modi and criticized the RSS after Foreign Minister S Jaishankar highlighted Pakistan’s support for various terrorist groups and described the country as the “epicenter of terrorism”.
Jaishankar told the UN Security Council that the “contemporary epicenter of terrorism” is still very active and called for collective action to address it.
Although Jaishankar did not name any countries, it was clear that he was making a veiled reference to Pakistan.
He later told reporters that the world sees Pakistan as the epicenter of terrorism and recalled US leader Hillary Clinton’s forceful message to Islamabad in 2011 that backyard snakes will eventually bite those who keep them.
Reacting to the Pakistani Foreign Minister’s comments, Bagchi said: “These comments are a new low, even for Pakistan. The Pakistani Foreign Minister has obviously forgotten this day in 1971, which was a direct result of the genocide unleashed by Pakistani rulers against ethnic Bengalis and Hindus.”
Unfortunately, Pakistan does not appear to have changed much in its treatment of its minorities and certainly lacks the credentials to criticize India, Bagchi added.
The spokesman was referring to India’s victory over Pakistan on December 16, 1971, which gave birth to Bangladesh.
“Pakistan’s indisputable role in sponsoring, harboring and actively financing terrorist and terrorist organizations remains under scanner. The uncivilized outburst of the Pakistani Foreign Minister appears to be the result of Pakistan’s growing inability to use terrorists and their proxies,” he said.
The MEA spokesman said cities like New York, Mumbai, Pulwama, Pathankot and London were among the many bearing the scars of “Pakistan sponsored, supported and abetted terrorism”.
“This violence has emanated from their Special Terrorist Zones and exported to all parts of the world. ‘Make in Pakistan’ terrorism has to stop,” Bagchi said.
“We wish the Pakistani Foreign Minister had listened more candidly yesterday at the UN Security Council to the testimony of Anjali Kulthe, a Mumbai nurse who saved the lives of 20 pregnant women from the bullets of Pakistani terrorist Ajmal Kasab. Bagchi said.
“Clearly, the Foreign Minister was more interested in whitewashing Pakistan’s paper,” he added.
Bagchi further said that Pakistan needs to change its own mentality or remain a “pariah”.
Lashing out at Bhutto-Zardari, Minister of State for External Affairs Meenakshi Lekhi said nothing better could be expected from Pakistan as these are the people who have massacred people in Balochistan.
“Normally that is not the way the Foreign Minister of any sovereign nation talks. But it is Pakistan. What can you expect from him? These are the people who have massacred people in Balochistan. These are the people who have massacred people in Kashmir. These are the butchers of Punjab. These are the Karachi butchers,” he told reporters.