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Stung by Sushma's UNGA speech, Pakistan hits out at Narendra Modi, RSS in its reply

India Today logo India Today 24-09-2017

After Sushma Swaraj's hard-hitting speech at the United Nations General Assembly, Pakistan fielded a top diplomat to counter the external affairs minister.

Maleeha Lodhi, Pakistan's permanent representative to the United Nations, not only once again raked up the Kashmir issue, but also targeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his government.

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Without explicitly naming PM Modi or the Bharatiya Janata Party, Lodhi invoked the 2002 Gujarat riots and said that the "current political luminaries" in India "belong to an organisation that has the blood of thousands of Muslims of Gujarat on their hands." 

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"This so called democracy is the world's largest hypocrisy," the Pakistani representative said, going on to allege that the Indian government is one "in which a racist and fascist ideology is embedded".

While the Maleeha Lodhi, among the senior-most officers of the Pakistani diplomatic corps, did not name Modi or the BJP, she did mention the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, alleging that it was the organisation responsible for Mahatma Gandhi's murder.

"[India's] leadership emanates from RSS, [which is the] same extremist group accused of assassinating mahatma Gandhi," Lodhi said as she exercise Pakistan's right of reply to respond to Sushma Swaraj's UNGA address that took Islamabad to task for its support of terrorism 

She even raised the Uttar Pradesh assembly election and called chief minister Yogi Adityanath a "fanatic". "The [Indian] government has appointed a fanatic as the Chief Minister of India's largest state," Lodhi said.

Lodhi's remaining speech raised the standard Pakistani accusations of India committing rights violations in Jammu and Kashmir. Lodhi more or less echoed the message that her Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi delivered during his General Assembly speech earlier this week.

Abbasi had accused India of supporting terrorism in south Asia and had demanded an international enquiry into alleged atrocities in Kashmir. Responding to Abbasi, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said on Saturday that those who were listening to the Pakistani prime minister's address were saying, "Look who's talking."

(With inputs from IANS)

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