India Snubs Pakistan's PM During UNGA Speech, Video Goes Viral

Clay Curtis
September 27, 2020

During his pre-recorded speech shown at the General Assembly earlier in the day, Khan had repeated the same allegations about India as a year ago focused on the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) asserting they and the government were persecuting minorities.

Indian delegate Mijito Vinito walked out of the Assembly when PM Khan began his speech.

In a video message, he said this was the first time that a prime minister had presented to the world a clear position of the Islamic world on issues such as Islamophobia and the honour of Khatim-un-Nabiyeen Mohammadur Rasoolallah Sallallaho Alaihe Wa Sallam. The reason behind it is the RSS ideology that rules India today, he said. The PM was, however, particularly hard-hitting when discussing India's fundamentalist policies as well as its continued oppression against the Kashmiri civilians.

Prime Minister Khan during his speech also hit out at the Indian government over allegations of discrimination against Muslims.

Diplomat at Pakistan's permanent mission to the UN Zulqarnain Cheena exercised Pakistan's first right of reply after an Indian diplomat commented on Prime Minister Imran Khan's UN General Assembly speech.

Earlier on Thursday, Foreign Office Spokesperson Zahid Hafeez Chaudhri during his weekly briefing said that the Prime Minister, in his address, will share Pakistan's perspective on various regional and worldwide issues.

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In his speech, Khan had urged the worldwide community to intervene on the Kashmir issue.

Pakistan has been unsuccessfully trying to drum up worldwide support against India for withdrawing Jammu and Kashmir's special status on August 5 a year ago and bifurcating it into two union territories - Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh. He said the Indian government was trying to change the demographic of the state in order to "affect the outcome of a plebiscite envisaged in the U.N. Security Council resolutions".

Sopori urged the UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres to play his role in resolving the Kashmir dispute in accordance with the relevant resolutions of the world body. "Only dispute left in the Valley relates to that part of Kashmir that's still under illegal occupation of Pakistan".

"The only way for Pakistan to become a normal country is to abjure its moral, financial and material support to terrorism, turn its attention to the problems faced by its own population, including its minorities, and stop misusing United Nations platforms to further its nefarious agenda", India said.

"On behalf of Palestinian people and the Government of the State of Palestine, the Embassy of the State of Palestine, Islamabad, Pakistan extends honest thanks to government and people of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan for their continuous support to Palestine cause, and especially to Imran Khan on his recent address to UN General Assembly".

The prime minister said Pakistan's desire for peace in the region is also manifest in the efforts to promote a political solution in Afghanistan. "A just and lasting settlement is indispensable for the Middle East and the world", the statement said.

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