Pakistan's UN envoy Munir Akram (file photo)
There is nothing new about Pakistan when it comes to peddling lies and faking propaganda against India on a respected stage like the United Nations. Islamabad was caught off-guard after India formally exposed Pakistan’s lie on when its envoy Munir Akram claimed of making a statement in a Security Council meeting on terrorism, which was not open to non-Council members.
New Delhi, on Monday took a strong note and formally wrote to the UN to put on record about Islamabad's claim that it had made a statement in the Security Council, which is false wherein the Security Council meeting that was not open to non-members of the 15-nation UN body.
Pakistani Mission falsely claimed that its UN envoy had given a statement at the Security Council debate on Report of the Secretary General on Threats to International Peace and Security posed by Terrorism Actions. But it may be noted that the Security Council meeting on threats to international peace and security was not open to non-members of the Council.
“We have seen a statement put out by the Pakistan Mission to the UN, claiming that these remarks were made by the Permanent Representative of Pakistan at the UN Security Council. "We fail to comprehend where exactly did the Permanent Representative of Pakistan make his statement since the Security Council session today was not open to non-members. Be that as it may, the five big lies of Pakistan lies exposed,” India's Permanent Mission to the UN had said.
Secretary General on Threats to International Peace and Security posed by Terrorism Actions
Further busting Pakistan’s lie, Indian envoy on Islamabad’s claim of it being the victim of cross-border terrorism said that “a lie repeated a hundred times will not become truth. The biggest sponsor of cross-border terrorism against India now tries to masquerade itself as a victim of terrorism by India.”
Later on, Akram's claim that Pakistan has cleared al-Qaeda from the region, India said perhaps the Permanent Representative of Pakistan is “not aware that Osama bin Laden was hiding in their own country in plain sight, and it is the US forces which got him inside Pakistan. Nor have they heard their Prime Minister refer to Osama bin Laden as a martyr.”
India added that Pakistan is home to the largest number of terrorists proscribed by the UN and many of the sanctioned terrorists and entities continue to operate with impunity inside Pakistan. In fact, Imran Khan himself had admitted at the General Assembly last year about the presence of 40,000-50,000 terrorists inside its borders.
Slamming Pakistan on the lies that “India has hired terrorists to hit them” was “laughable” and that too it came “from a country which is a known sponsor of cross-border terrorism which has made the world suffer due to its actions, this claim is nothing short of being preposterous!”
Pakistan was shamed further when the Indian mission strongly decimated Akram’s lie one at a time. On clarifying further, about Indian nationals in the 1267 al-Qaeda Sanctions List of the UN Security Council, India said the Sanctions List is “public and the world can see none of these individuals are in it." On the issue of Jammu and Kashmir, India said Pakistan makes “ridiculous assertions” about internal affairs.
Pakistan's former permanent representative to the United Nations Maleeha Lodhi
Peddling lies is in Pakistan’s nature and it does not shy away from doing it in the UN, but it has never succeeded in gaining support. Islamabad has done that before when Pakistan's former permanent representative to the United Nations, Maleeha Lodhi in 2017, held up a photograph of a scarred girl at the assembly, where she said that she was offering proof of "Indian brutality" in Kashmir. But the photo turned out to be that of a 17-year-old Palestinian girl, taken in Gaza in 2014 by award-winning photographer Heidi Levine. The teenager had been injured by shrapnel in an Israeli attack.
Adding on to the insult on Pak envoy’s lies of brutality on minorities, India said that “this is a country whose minority population has dropped drastically from 1947 to what it is today, which is just about 3 per cent, which is nothing short of systemic cleansing. This is in addition to false allegations about India's sovereign actions in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, which are for the welfare of the people.”
(News sourced from www.jammukashmirnow.com. Republished with permission)