Jaishankar Tramples All Pak Moves At UN

New York: The then-US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton once observed, “If you keep snakes in your backyard, you cannot expect they to bite only your neighbours,” during a trip to Pakistan in October 2011. External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar quoted her on Thursday at the UN to slam terror factory Pakistan.

Jaishankar continued by referencing Clinton in response to a journalist’s inquiry regarding Pakistan’s claims that New Delhi was involved in planning terrorist strikes on its land. Following a briefing on terrorism before the Security Council, he was interacting with the press at the UN headquarters in New York.

Pakistan’s state minister for foreign affairs, Hina Rabbani Khar stated during a press conference in Islamabad on Wednesday that, “no country was better in using terrorism than India”. Asad Majeed Khan, a foreign diplomat based in Islamabad, also gave a briefing on the suspected involvement of India in terrorist attacks in Pakistan. On Wednesday, representatives of the Pakistani government’s ministry of foreign affairs exchanged a document with international embassies stationed in Islamabad. They asserted that the dossier had proof of India’s involvement in terrorist attacks in Pakistan, especially the one that occurred in front of Lashkar-e-Tayyiba founder Hafiz Saeed’s home in Lahore in June 2021.

Jaishankar noted that when Clinton cautioned Islamabad about the dangers of supporting terrorists in Pakistan, Khar was literally standing beside her.

He added that the world recognised “Pakistan as an epicentre of terrorism” and that it was Pakistan that was responsible for a number of terrorist acts in the area and elsewhere.

“Pakistan is not great at taking good advice and you can see what is happening there,” he said. The external affairs minister rejected Pakistan’s accusations against India by saying, “At the end of the day, the world is not stupid, the world is not forgetful.”

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