Following his Indian counterpart’s claim that Pakistan is an “epicentre of terrorism,” a Pakistani minister refers to Modi as the “butcher of Gujarat.”
As the nuclear-armed neighbors engage in a verbal spat at the United Nations, Pakistan’s foreign minister referred to India’s prime minister as the “butcher of Gujarat.” His counterpart also said that India was the “epicenter of terrorism.”
India’s Subrahmanyam Jaishankar and Pakistan’s Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari got into a heated argument after the UN Security Council adopted a statement on Thursday that warned of the growing dangers posed by terrorism.
Political ties between the rivals in South Asia are strained, particularly with regard to Kashmir, a Himalayan region that was divided between the two in 1947. Along their tense border, they have fought three wars and several skirmishes since then.
New Delhi alleges that Islamabad houses armed fighters who carry out attacks on its territory, such as the 2008 Mumbai attacks, which resulted in the deaths of 175 people, including nine attackers.
The armed group Lashkar-e-Taiba, which is based in Pakistan, is alleged to have been behind the Mumbai attack. According to Indian investigators, Pakistani handlers gave them instructions over the phone.
Jaishankar referred to Pakistan as the “epicentre of terrorism” when he spoke to reporters following the UN meeting.
He stated, “My advice is to clean up your act and attempt to be a good neighbor.”
He continued, “During her visit to Pakistan, Hillary Clinton stated that if you keep snakes in your backyard, you can’t expect them to only bite your neighbors; eventually, they will bite the people who keep them in the backyard.”
Prior, Jaishankar, without naming Pakistan, that’s what told the UN Security Chamber “India confronted the repulsions of cross-line psychological oppression some time before the world took serious note of it” and has “battled illegal intimidation fearlessly, courageously and with a zero-resistance approach”.
When asked to respond to Jaishankar’s claim, Bhutto-Zardari stated that Indians continue to use the phrase “Muslim and terrorist together,” whether in India or Pakistan.
Jaishankar should keep in mind that “Osama bin Laden is dead, [but] the butcher of Gujarat lives and he is the prime minister of India,” according to Pakistan’s top diplomat.
When religious riots occurred in Gujarat in 2002, nearly 2,000 people were killed, the majority of them Muslims. India’s Hindu nationalist Prime Minister Narendra Modi was the state’s chief minister at the time.
It was alleged that Modi ignored the violence. He was prevented from entering the United States prior to his election as prime minister in 2014.
In reference to his mother and former prime minister Benazir Bhutto, who was assassinated by a suicide bomber in 2007, Bhutto-Zardari stated that he was a victim of terrorism and that his country had lost far more lives to terrorism than any other nation. In 1988, Bhutto became the first woman elected to lead a country with a majority of Muslims.
According to Bhutto-Zardari, “as a Muslim, as a Pakistani, and as a victim of terrorism, I believe it is time that we move away from some of the Islamophobic narrative framing of this issue that took place after the terrible attacks of September 11, 2001.” This is due to the fact that what she stated was that “terrorism, of course, knows no religion, knows no boundaries.”
“Why would we wish for the misery of our own people? He added, “We absolutely do not.”
The Pakistan minister’s remarks were described as a “new low” by India’s foreign ministry spokesman Arindam Bagchi in a statement on Friday.
“This day in 1971, which was a direct result of the genocide that Pakistani rulers unleashed against ethnic Bengalis and Hindus, has evidently been forgotten by Pakistan’s Foreign Minister. Sadly, Pakistan doesn’t appear to have changed a lot of in the treatment of its minorities. The statement made reference to Bangladesh’s independence from Pakistan and stated, “It certainly lacks credentials to cast aspersions on India.”
Bhutto-Zardari’s “uncivilized outburst appears to be a result of Pakistan’s increasing inability to use terrorists and their proxies,” according to the statement.
“The frustration of Pakistan’s FM would be better directed at the terrorist organizations in his own country that have made terrorism a part of their state policy. It stated, “Pakistan must change its own mindset or remain a pariah.”