NEW YORK-AFP/UNS- India’s foreign minister took a swipe at Pakistan Saturday, telling the United Nations (UN) that its Islamabad had given the world “terrorists” while India was producing top-notch doctors and engineers.
“Why is it today India is a recognised IT superpower in the world, and Pakistan is recognised only as the pre-eminent export factory for terror?” Sushma Swaraj told the General Assembly.
“We produced scholars, doctors, engineers. What have you produced? You have produced terrorists,” she alleged.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi stepped up a drive to isolate Pakistan diplomatically after the Uri army base attack in Sept 2016 in which 19 Indian soldiers were killed.
Hours after the attack occurred, Indian Home Minister Rajnath Singh termed Pakistan a ‘terrorist state’ and accused Pakistan of involvement ─ a claim that Islamabad has denied.
Following the attack, Swaraj at the UNGA last year had said that it was time to identify nations who nurture, peddle and export terrorism and isolate them if they don’t join the global fight against terrorism.
Pakistan maintains India is responsible for financing and carrying out subversive activities, especially in Balochistan and Karachi, which it illustrates with the example of Indian Research and Analysis Wing agent Kulbhushan Jadhav, who was arrested in Balochistan last year.
It also claims India has been attempting to sabotage the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).
Eight Indian ‘undercover operatives’ posted as diplomats in Islamabad were found in Nov 2016 to allegedly be involved in subversive activities, including attempts to disrupt the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and create fear and chaos in the country. They were also alleged to be building a network of informants within Pakistan and fabricating evidence for tarnishing the country’s image abroad.