India UN Secy Eenam Calls Pakistan’s Human Rights Sermon ‘Ironic’
In the aftermath of the Uri terror attack, diplomatic relations between India and Pakistan have escalated to open hostility. The United Nations General Assembly has seen a back and forth of scathing comments and reactions for the international community to witness.
Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif told the annual UNGA that Pakistan could not ignore India’s “unprecedented” arms build-up and would “take whatever measures are necessary to maintain credible deterrence.”
Exercising India’s Right of Reply to Sharif’s “long tirade” about the situation in Jammu & Kashmir, First Secretary in the Permanent Mission of India to the UN, Eenam Gambhir, said “the worst violation of human rights is terrorism.”
Gambhir pointed out that shortly before Sharif’s “hypocritical” address, Pakistan’s envoy in New Delhi had been summoned in light of the terror attacks in Uri that link back to Pakistan.
Pakistan found itself isolated as several members of the international community stood in solidarity with India, and condemned the attack, wherever it originated.
Gambhir, in her strong rebuttal, added that “terrorist entities and their leaders, including many designated by the UN, continue to roam its streets freely and operate with state support.”
Focusing on the Uri attack, and several other instances of terror that India has been a victim of, Gambhir made strong comments.
Gambhir added that while Pakistan’s nuclear proliferation record is marked by “deception and deceit,” it talks about restraint, renunciation and peace.
Gambhir also slammed Sharif’s “glorification” of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani, who was killed on 8 July, triggering widespread protests in Kashmir and nearly 80 days of curfew.
(With inputs from PTI)