India may use its right to reply in UNGA after Imran’s speech.
Interestingly, Imran Khan Prime Minister of Pakistan was allotted 15 minutes to address UNGA whereas even after the indicator warned him of time he continued for another 35 minutes telling global leaders that how The World communities are under the influence of ‘Islamophobia’, Kashmir, Modi, RSS and Indian National Congress as his asset.
Shortly after Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday threatened a nuclear war in the Indian subcontinent over the simmering issue of Kashmir, it emerged that India would exercise the right to reply option at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).
India would use the option to respond to Imran Khan’s speech delivered at the UNGA shortly after PM Narendra Modi addressed the gathering at the UN headquarters here.
In his speech, Khan warned of a bloodbath in Jammu and Kashmir when the “curfew” (restrictions) is lifted by New Delhi. He also said that any all-out conflict between the two neighbours – both nuclear-armed – would have repercussions far beyond the shared borders.
Khan’s speech came nearly two months after India revoked Kashmir’s special status by way of abrogation of Article 370 in a bid to fully integrate the state with the rest of the country. The Indian government also decided to divide the state into two Union territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh with effect from October 31.
Meanwhile, in his speech, Khan also talked about Islamophobia growing at an alarming pace following the 9/11 attacks in the US. Islamophobia has led to divisions in the society, with wearing of hijab becoming a “weapon” against the Muslim community in some nations, the Pakistan PM said.
“Islamophobia is creating divisions, hijab is becoming a weapon; a woman can take off clothes but she can’t put on more clothes. It started after 9/11 and it started because certain western leaders equated Islam with terrorism,” he said, while stating that billions of Muslims were living as minorities in the western world.
Khan rejected the term ‘radical Islamic terrorism’ and stated that there is only one Islam.
“There is no such thing as radical Islam. The basis of all religions is compassion and justice which differentiates us from the animal kingdom,” he said.
Khan said the use of term ‘radical Islamic terrorism’ had only given a push to Islamophobia and led to pain for Muslims.
“What message does this (the term) send? How is a person in New York going to distinguish between moderate Muslims and radical Muslims?” he asked.
“In European countries it is marginalising Muslims, and this leads to radicalisation. Some of the terrorists were from marginalised Muslim communities. We Muslim leaders have not addressed this issue. The Muslim leaders all became moderates and our government coined a phrase ‘enlightened moderation’,” he said.
Inputs from: TNN