India slams Bilawal Bhutto’s comments against PM
India today criticized 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 firm and unrelenting condemnation of Bilawal Bhutto’s comments at the UN, New Delhi said Pakistan lacks the credentials to criticize India, adding that “Do in Pakistan terrorism” it has to stop
In a highly objectionable comment on Thursday, Bilawal Bhutto had said: “Osama bin Laden is dead, but the butcher of Gujarat lives and is the prime minister of India.” He was reacting to Foreign Minister S Jaishankar calling Pakistan the “epicenter of terrorism” in a powerful takedown.
“These comments are a new low, even for Pakistan. Pakistan’s 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. Sadly, Pakistan “Not much seems to have changed in its treatment of its minorities. It certainly lacks the credentials to criticize India,” the Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
The Pakistani foreign minister’s “uncivilized outburst” appeared to be the result of Pakistan’s “growing inability to use terrorists and their proxies,” the ministry said.
“Cities like New York, Mumbai, Pulwama, Pathankot and London are among the many bearing the scars of Pakistani sponsored, supported and abetted terrorism. This violence has emanated from their Special Zones for Terrorists and has been exported to all parts of the world.” Do in Pakistan terrorism has to stop.”
India said that Pakistan is a country that glorifies Osama bin Laden as a martyr and harbors terrorists such as 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,” the statement said.
“We wish the Foreign Minister of Pakistan had listened more candidly yesterday at the UN Security Council to the testimony of Ms. Anjali Kulthe, a nurse from Mumbai who saved the lives of 20 pregnant women from terrorist bullets. Pakistani Ajmal Kasab. Clearly, the Foreign Minister was more interested in whitewashing Pakistan’s paper. Pakistan FM’s frustration would be better directed at the masterminds of terrorist enterprises in their own country, who have made terrorism a part of their state policy. Pakistan needs to change its own mentality or remain a pariah,” the government said.
Union ministers also condemned the comments, calling Bilawal Bhutto “mentally bankrupt and irresponsible”.
“The language used by the Pakistani Foreign Minister shows that he not only represents a bankrupt country, but is also mentally bankrupt,” said Meenakshi Lekhi, Junior Foreign Minister.
“He is the representative of a failed state and he himself has failed, so Pakistan has also failed. What can you expect from those who have a terrorist mentality?”
Anurag Thakur, the Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting, called the comments “dire and shameful”.
“Maybe they (Pakistan) still feel the pain of 1971. More than 93,000 Pakistani soldiers surrendered to India that day. Their grandfather (Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, former Pakistani president) cried when they lost,” Anurag Thakur told reporters.
“The soil of Pakistan has been used to prepare, protect and protect terrorism. Their nefarious plans have been exposed to the world,” Thakur said.
Yesterday, Foreign Minister Jaishankar said in a scathing attack on Pakistan: “My advice is to clean up your act and try to be a good neighbor. Hillary Clinton, during her visit to Pakistan, said that if you have snakes in your backyard, you can’t expect them to just bite your neighbors, they will eventually bite the people who keep them in the backyard.”
Prime Minister Modi has been cleared of any wrongdoing over the investigations into the 2002 Gujarat riots. Earlier this year, the Supreme Court rejected an appeal against his exoneration in one of the cases involving the killings.
More than 1,000 people have been killed in three-day violence in Gujarat and state police have faced charges for not doing enough to stop riots that began after a train carriage carrying pilgrims was set on fire in Godhra, killing 59 people.