The world sees Pakistan as the “hotbed” of terrorism, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said on Thursday, stressing that the international community has not forgotten where the menace comes from, despite the brainstorming caused by more than two years of Covid-19.
He said this while speaking to reporters at the UN Security Council stakeout after the signing ceremony held under the Indian leadership of the Council on ‘Global Counterterrorism Approach: Challenges and Way Forward.
“As for what they say, the truth is that everyone, the world today, sees them as the first place of terrorism,” he said.
“I know we have gone through two and a half years of Covid and many of us are brainwashed because of it. But I assure you that the world has not forgotten where terrorism comes from, who has their fingerprints on many jobs.locally and across regions.
“So I would say that’s something they need to remind themselves before they indulge in the kind of fantasy they’re doing,” he added.
Mr Jaishankar was responding to a question posed by Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar’s recent allegation that “no country has used terrorism more than India”.
He cited US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who in a 2011 press conference with Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Khar, said: “You can’t keep snakes in your backyard and expect them to bite people. your only neighborhood.” “I read the news about what Minister Hina Rabbani Khar said. And I remember, more than ten years ago, my memory serves me well. Hillary Clinton was visiting Pakistan. And Hina Rabbani Khar was the one information at that time,” Mr Jaishankar said, while responding to Khar’s recent statement on the dossier against India.
“Standing next to him, Hillary Clinton actually said that if you have snakes in your backyard, you can’t expect them to just bite your neighbors. In the end, they will punish those who keep them in the backyard. But as you know.” Pakistan is not good at getting good advice. You see what’s going on there,” he said.
Pakistan should clean up its behavior and try to be a good neighbour, Mr Jaishankar said while making it clear that the world is not “stupid” and increasingly calling out countries, organizations and individuals involved in terrorism. .
“You know, you are asking the wrong Minister when you say how long we will do this? Because it is the Minister of Pakistan who will tell you how long Pakistan intends to do public fear,” Jaishankar said.
#Look |…They are the ministers in Pakistan who can tell how long Pakistan is planning to commit terrorism. The world is not stupid, it is more and more nations, orgs are involved in terrorism… my advice is to clean your behavior and try to be a good neighbor: EAM S Jaishankar in New York pic.twitter.com/BJYmNcb2Oj
– ANI (@ANI) December 15, 2022
He was responding to a Pakistani journalist’s question about how long South Asia would see terrorism spreading in New Delhi, Kabul, and Pakistan.
“At the end of the day, the world is not stupid, the world does not forget. And the world is calling more and more countries and organizations that are involved in terrorism,” he said.
“By taking the debate elsewhere, you will not hide it, you will not confuse anyone. People have noticed it. So my advice is please clean up your behavior. Please try to be a good person neighborhood.
“Please try to contribute to what the rest of the world is trying to do today, which is economic growth, and progress and development,” Mr Jaishankar said.
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