Sneha Dubey: Meet the Indian diplomat who criticized Pakistan at the UNGA
India has criticized Imran Khan for his right to respond to the Pakistani Prime Minister's references to Kashmir in his virtual speech to the United Nations General Assembly, saying Islamabad has a long history of actively supporting terrorists.
India reacted with fervour after Imran Khan raised the issue of Kashmir in his speech to the United Nations General Assembly. India's firm rebuttal was presented in 2012 by a young Indian Foreign Service (IFS) official, Sneha Dubey.
Sneha Dubey First Secretary at UNGA said, "Regrettably, this is not the first time the leader of Pakistan has misused platforms provided by the UN to propagate false and malicious propaganda against my country, and seeking in vain to divert the world's attention from the sad state of his country where terrorists enjoy free pass while the lives of ordinary people, especially those belonging to the minority communities, are turned upside down."
"Member States are aware that Pakistan has an established history and policy of harbouring, aiding and actively supporting terrorists. This is a country that has been globally recognised as one openly supporting, training, financing and arming terrorists as a matter of State policy. It holds the ignoble record of hosting the largest number of terrorists prescribed by the UN Security Council," added Dubey.
She criticized Pakistan for solving India's internal problems.
"We exercise our Right of Reply to one more attempt by the leader of Pakistan to tarnish the image of this august forum by bringing in matters internal to my country, and going so far as to spew falsehoods on the world stage," she said.
"We keep hearing that Pakistan is a 'victim of terrorism'. This is the country that is an arsonist disguising itself as a fire-fighter. Pakistan nurtures terrorists in their backyard in the hope that they will only harm their neighbours. Our region, and in fact the entire world, has suffered because of their policies. On the other hand, they are trying to cover up sectarian violence in their country as acts of terror," Dubey said.
On the 20th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks, Indian Foreign Minister Dubey said: "We marked the solemn occasion of the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks a few days back. The world has not forgotten that the mastermind behind that dastardly event, Osama Bin Laden, got shelter in Pakistan. Even today, Pakistan leadership glorifies him as a martyr."
Dubey further said, "Regrettably, even today we heard the leader of Pakistan trying to justify acts of terror. Such defence of terrorism is unacceptable in the modern world."
About the Pakistani rhetoric of calling each other the "victim of terrorism", she said, "This is the country which is an arsonist disguising itself as a fire-fighter. Pakistan nurtures terrorists in their backyard in the hope that they will only harm their neighbours. Our region, and in fact the entire world, has suffered because of their policies. On the other hand, they are trying to cover up sectarian violence in their country as acts of terror."
She also referred to the 1971 genocide in Bangladesh. She said, "This is also the country that still holds the despicable record in our region of having executed a religious and cultural genocide against the people of what is now Bangladesh. As we mark the 50th anniversary this year of that horrid event in history, there is not even an acknowledgement, much less accountability."
She also criticised Pakistan for oppressing its minorities. “Today, the minorities in Pakistan- the Sikhs, Hindus, Christians - live in constant fear and state-sponsored suppression of their rights. This is a regime where anti-Semitism is normalised by its leadership and even justified," added the First Secretary.
"Dissenting voices are muzzled daily and enforced disappearances and extrajudicial killings are well documented," she added.
She drew a parallel between India and Pakistan, saying India was a pluralistic democracy with a large minority population holding the highest positions in the country, including the president, prime minister, chief magistrate and army chiefs of staff.
She also said that unlike Pakistan, India is a country with free media and an independent judiciary that oversees and protects our constitution.
"Pluralism is a concept which is very difficult to understand for Pakistan which constitutionally prohibits its minorities from aspiring for high offices of the State. The least they could do is introspect before exposing themselves to ridicule on the world stage," added Dubey.
He also reiterated that all the union territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh were, are and always will be an integral and inalienable part of India.
"This includes the areas that are under the illegal occupation of Pakistan. We call upon Pakistan to immediately vacate all areas under its illegal occupation," said Dubey
Sources:- the live mint
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