Whole populations of Dalits, Adivasis, Muslims, and Christians are being forced to live in terror, says Maleeha Lodhi
Pakistan’s permanent representative to UN Maleeha Lodhi on Saturday invoked acclaimed Indian novelist Arundhati Roy in her rebuttal to External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj’s speech at UN General Assembly denouncing Islamabad as the “world’s greatest exporter of havoc, death and inhumanity.”
“Much of what is in the air in India now is pure terror, in Kashmir, in other places,” Lodhi quoted from a statement of Roy.
She also went to on quote from Roy’s November 2015 statement which she made a reference to lynching incidents against Muslims and Dalits in the country. “These horrific murders are only a symptom. Life is hell for the living too. Whole populations of Dalits, Adivasis, Muslims, and Christians are being forced to live in terror, unsure of when and from where the assault would come,” Lodhi quoted.
Pakistan’s response also delved into Indian politics and Kashmir issue. Lodhi said the state is not part of India and thus India’s military operation is illegal.
She borrowed standard lines of a section of Indian socialists to belittle BJP governments at the Centre and UP. She termed Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his government as a “fascist” and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath as a “fanatic”. She said that a racist and fascist ideology was firmly embedded in Modi’s government as its leadership was drawn from the RSS which is accused of assassinating Mahatma Gandhi.
Earlier, minister of external affairs Sushma Swaraj, while addressing UN General Assembly had tore into the neighbouring country calling Pakistan a “pre-eminent exporter of terror”.
“We (India) produced scholars, doctors, engineers. What have you produced? You have produced terrorists,” Swaraj said while adding that terrorism is an existentialist danger to humankind and that there is no justification for barbaric violence.