India reply to Imran Khan’s UN speech

India has exercised its right to respond to Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan’s speech at the United Nations General Assembly. First Secretary Ministry of External Affairs, Vidisha Maitra has said that the world will verify Khan’s statement that no militant organisations are present in Pakistan anymore.

She has said that Khan’s threat of a nuclear war between India and Pakistan can be called as ‘brinksmanship not statesmanship’. Maitra has also questioned if Pakistan will acknowledge that it is the only government in the world that provides a pension to an individual listed by the United Nations in the Al-Qaeda and ISIS group.

She added that Pakistan has reduced the size of it minority community from 23% in 1947 to 3% till date, and subjected Christians, Sikhs, Hindus, Shias, Pashtuns, Sindhis among others to draconian blasphemy laws, systemic persecution, blatant abuse and forced conversions.

Khan had attacked India for its decision to revoke the special status granted to Jammu and Kashmir and for imposing a lockdown in the region. He had said that the world body must urge India to lift prohibitory orders in Kashmir and insist on the region’s right to self-determination.

Earlier, Prime Minister Modi has said that the world must unite to fight the scourge of terrorism. He also highlighted that his government’s achievements during its five years in power but made no mention of Pakistan.

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