By Muslim Mirror Staff
New York: Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has urged the United Nations to universally outlaw what he called rising Islamophobia in many countries, including neighboring India.”Muslims continue to be targeted with impunity in many countries,” Khan said.
Khan’s pre-recorded speech was screened at the General Assembly chamber during the annual meeting stymied this year by the Covid-19 precautions.
Imran assailed RSS-backed BJP government and its moves to cement control of Muslim-majority Kashmir, calling India a state sponsor of hatred and prejudice against Islam. Khan assailed Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Hindu nationalist government for allegedly turning the country into a state sponsor of religious hatred and violence against nearly 200 million minority Indian Muslims “They believe that India is exclusively for Hindus and others are not equal citizens,” the Pakistani leader said.
“The government and the people of Pakistan are committed to standing by and supporting the Kashmiri brothers and sisters in their legitimate struggle for self-determination,” he said.
To preemptively deny the involvement in any Pakistan-sponsored attacks on India, Khan said, “We have consistently sensitised the world community about a false flag operation.”
Khan alleged, “India is playing a dangerous game of upping the ante against Pakistan in a nuclearised environment.”
Increased bilateral tensions in recent months have led to almost daily military skirmishes along the Line of Control, which separates Pakistan- and Indian-ruled parts of Kashmir, rendering almost ineffective a 2003 mutual cease-fire truce.
Meanwhile India’s U.N. representative, T.S. Tirumurti, took to twitter to denounce Khan’s speech, calling it “a new diplomatic low” full of “vicious falsehood.” In a tweet, he said, “PM of Pakistan’s statement a new diplomatic low at 75th UN General Assembly, Another litany of vicious falsehood, personal attacks, warmongering and obfuscation of Pakistan’s persecution of its own minorities and of its cross-border terrorism. Befitting Right of Reply awaits”.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to address the General Assembly in prerecorded remarks on Saturday.