Vidisha Maitra, India's First Secretary at the Permanent Mission to the UN, in a response to Prime Minister Imran Khan's speech at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) stated that Pakistan has no right to lecture India on terrorism or human rights. Maitra, in her speech, addressed the current situation of Pakistan, stating that Pakistan is a country that shelters up to 130 UN-designated terrorists and 25 terror entities. Maitra, further criticising the stance of Pakistan stated that the country has already shrunken and alienated the minority communities. Hence, they reserve no right to advise India on how to effectively deal with their minorities.
Vidisha Maitra: This a country that has shrunk the size of its minority community from 23% in 1947 to 3% today&has subjected Christians,Sikhs,Ahmadiyas,Hindus,Shias, Pashtuns, Sindhis&Balochis to draconian blasphemy laws, systemic persecution, blatant abuse and forced— ANI (@ANI) September 28, 2019
Maitra went all out in hitting back the Prime Minister's statements at UNGA. She continued with her Right to Reply speech stating that Pakistan has played a part in the spreading of 'mainstream terrorism' hence, it has no right to suddenly champion human rights. She further added that Pakistan has shrunken the size of all minority communities in the country from the time it gained independence. In conclusion, she added that while Pakistan has ventured into an 'upstream of terrorism', India is going to progress with 'mainstreaming development' in Kashmir. Maitra ended her speech by notifying that India does not need an external element to speak on their behalf, especially a country which has built 'an industry of terrorism from the ideology of hate.'
The cricketer-turned-politician used the platform of UNGA to speak of his anti-India rhetoric, terming the RSS and BJP as 'fascists' and 'Hindu supremacists'. He alerted people of what he termed as the 'bloodbath' in the state of Jammu and Kashmir since the abrogation of Article 370. Article 370 granted special status in the state of Jammu and Kashmir. Apart from thrashing India in his speech over the abrogation of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir, Imran Khan spoke about issues like money laundering, climate change and Islamophobia. This happened to be Imran Khan's first-ever speech at the UNGA.