New Delhi: “These comments are a new low, even for Pakistan,” MEA spokesman Arindam Bagchi said in response to media queries on the personal attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi by Pakistan’s foreign minister Bilawal Bhutto.
“The Foreign Minister of Pakistan has forgotten this day in 1971, which was a direct result of the genocide unleashed by Pakistani rulers against ethnic Bengalis and Hindus. Unfortunately, Pakistan does not seem to have changed much in treating its minorities,” Bagchi said, adding, “it certainly lacks credentials to cast aspersions at India”.
MEA spokesman Bagchi further stated, “As recent conferences and events have demonstrated, counter-terrorism remains high on the global agenda. Pakistan’s indisputable role in sponsoring, harbouring, and actively financing terrorist and terrorist organisations remains under the scanner. Pakistan FM’s uncivilised outburst seems to be a result of Pakistan’s increasing inability to use terrorists and their proxies”.
He said cities like New York, Mumbai, Pulwama, Pathankot and London are among the many that “bear the scars of Pakistan-sponsored, supported and instigated terrorism”.
“This violence has emanated from their Special Terrorist Zones and exported to all parts of the world. “Make in Pakistan” terrorism has to stop,” he said.
The MEA spokesman said, “Pakistan is a country that glorifies Osama bin Laden as a martyr, and shelters terrorists like Lakhvi, Hafiz Saeed, Masood Azhar, Sajid Mir and Dawood Ibrahim. No other country can boast having 126 UN-designated terrorists and 27 UN-designated terrorist entities”.
“We wish that Pakistan’s Foreign Minister would have listened more sincerely yesterday at the UN Security Council to the testimony of Ms Anjali Kulthe, a Mumbai nurse who saved the lives of 20 pregnant women from the bullets of the Pakistani terrorist Ajmal Kasab. Clearly, the Foreign Minister was more interested in whitewashing Pakistan’s role. Pakistan FM’s frustration would be better directed towards the masterminds of terrorist enterprises in his own country, who have made terrorism a part of their State policy,” he said.
The MEA spokesman categorically asserted that “Pakistan needs to change its own mindset or remain a pariah”.
MEA spokesman’s remarks come in response to Pakistan foreign minister Bilawal stating in New York- “…..that Osama bin Laden is dead, but the butcher of Gujarat lives and he is the Prime Minister of India”.