Khwaja Asif chose to speak against India before leaving for US visit
In a stunning development in the ongoing war of words between New Delhi and Islamabad, Pakistan’s foreign minister Khwaja Asif has called Prime Minister Narendra Modi a “terrorist” who has, allegedly, the blood of Muslims on his hands. Pakistan’s top diplomat made his statement while talking to Geo News’ Hamid Mir’s Capital Talk on Monday.
Responding to a question about Sushma Swaraj’s allegations against Pakistan during recent UN General Assembly, Khwaja Asif said, “Sushma Swaraj has accused us (Pakistan) of exporting terrorism. (However) one terrorist (in India) is the country’s prime minister himself. He (Modi) has the blood of Muslims murdered in Gujarat on his hands.”
He did not stop here and dared to say that India is being “ruled by a terrorist party- the RSS.”
During her Un General Assembly speech, Sushma Swaraj, had unleashed a very sharp and strong attack on Pakistan asking its leaders to introspect why India is recognized as a global IT superpower while Pakistan is infamous as “export factory of terror”.
Pakistan’s foreign minister chose to talk tough against India just before leaving to his US visit. He left for a three day official visit to US on Tuesday, where he is scheduled to meet Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to resume bilateral talks and find out ways to dispel tension caused after President Trump’s south Asia policy speech on August 21.
According to Geo News, Asif will also address at Washington based US Institute of Peace on October 5. It said that Trump’s speech had not only “unsettled US-Pakistan relations” but also had “serious implications for US interests in Afghanistan, nuclear non-proliferation and stability in the region”.
US President, while unveiling his Afghan policy said, “We can no longer be silent about Pakistan’s safe havens for terrorist organizations, the Taliban, and other groups that pose a threat to the region and beyond. Pakistan has much to gain from partnering with our efforts in Afghanistan. It has much to lose by continuing to harbour criminals and terrorists.”
He asked India to “help us more” especially with economic assistance in infrastructure development and training resources.
On September 20, Pakistan’s Prime Minister Khaqan Abbasi, while meeting US vice President Mike Pence at UN headquarters, had expressed his country’s concern over the greater role that Donald Trump advocated for India in the new Afghan policy.
Reacting to Trump’s outbursts, Islamabad had postponed Foreign Minister Khwaja Asif’s scheduled visit to Washington beginning on August 25. Islamabad had also asked US Acting Assistant Secretary Alice Wells to postpone her Islamabad visit on August 28.