NEW DELHI: The disagreement between India and Pakistan has taken an unpleasant flip with the latter’s international minister calling Prime Minister Narendra Modi a “terrorist”.
Pakistan’s international minister Khawaja Asif was responding to Union minister Sushma Swaraj’s latest remark on the UN that his nation is a “pre-eminent export manufacturing facility for terror.”
Asif hit again at India in an interview yesterday with Pakistan’s Geo TV.
“On the (UN) Normal Meeting, Sushma Swaraj accused us of exporting terror, whereas in reality, it’s a terrorist who’s Prime Minister of her nation, his (the PM’s) arms have the blood of murdered Muslims in Gujarat,” stated Asif.
“A terrorist social gathering is ruling India, the RSS guidelines India,” added Asif.
Nevertheless, simply final week, Asif himself admitted that permitting terrorists like Mumbai assaults mastermind Hafiz Saeed function within the nation with impunity is a “legal responsibility” for Pakistan.
“Saeed, LeT, they’re a legal responsibility, I settle for it, however give us time to eliminate them, we do not have the property to cope with these liabilities,” stated Asif on the Asia Society in New York.
He additionally laid the blame for the creation of individuals like Saeed, on the US.
“Do not blame us for Saeed, these individuals had been your darlings 20 years in the past, they had been being dined and wined within the White Home. Now you say go to hell, Pakistan,” stated Asif.
Pakistan has been on the receiving finish of quite a lot of worldwide censure these days. After US President Donald Trump savaged Pakistan in August for offering “secure havens to brokers of chaos, violence and terror”, a number of different international locations did the identical.
In September, India satisfied Japan to sentence Pakistan-based terror teams Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) and Jaish-e-Muhammed (JeM) in an India-Japan joint assertion. The 2008 Mumbai terror assaults had been masterminded by Saeed and carried out by LeT operatives. And the JeM’s Masood Azhar was the mastermind of final yr’s terror assault in Pathankot.
India additionally acquired different BRICS international locations to call these teams at a summit in China earlier this month. The BRICS assertion, known as the ‘Xiamen Declaration’, talked about the Taliban, al-Qaida and the Haqqani Community, along with the LeT and the JeM.
Final week, Afghanistan declared on the UN that terror inside its borders is the “product of (a) long-standing coverage” of Pakistan. Terror’s “roots are situated in terrorist sanctuaries and secure havens outdoors” its borders, it added.