New Delhi: Pakistan in its response to External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj’s statement, told the United Nations (UN) that ‘India is the mother of terrorism in South Asia’. Earlier, Swaraj tore into Islamabad for its support for terror groups and described Pakistan as a ‘pre-eminent export factory for terror’.
Now, it seems, Pakistan, which also targeted PM Narendra Modi in its response to Sushma, wants the world body to declare India a ‘state sponsor of terrorism’, a tag that carries with it threats of international sanctions.
According to a report in The Express Tribune, a Karachi-based English language daily, says that Pakistan has begun lobbying efforts in the United Nations to get India declared a ‘state sponsor of terrorism’.
For this, the Tribune says, Pakistan is approaching China and Russia, two of the five veto-wielding permanent members of the UN Security Council, for support.
Beijing, Islamabad’s all-weather ally, is already said to be on board, the report says. The newspaper’s sources further say the United States, another permanent UNSC member, will also be ‘taken into confidence’ over the matter.
The report does not mention when Pakistan’s lobbying efforts to get India designated a state sponsor of terror began.
Nor does the Tribune say whether Islamabad’s actions were sparked by Sushma Swaraj’s hard-hitting speech at the United Nations General Assembly where she excoriated Pakistan for its continued support to terrorist groups.