A day before Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to address the United Nations General Assembly, Republic spoke exclusively to Dr. Nirmal Mattoo, the chairman of the Indo-American Arts Council. He opined that India had become a powerful and big economy, while Pakistan had become synonymous with terrorism. Dr. Mattoo further observed that it was time for the country to act like a “big boy” on the global stage.
#ModiUNGASpeech | India has come a long way with a powerful economy. We have to emphasize that Pakistan is a terrorist state: Dr Nirmal Mattoo- Chairman, Indo American Arts Council— Republic (@republic) September 26, 2019
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According to him, it would be prudent to talk about India’s immediate problems at the global forum. He stated that the world had to recognise Pakistan as a “terrorist state” and that every terrorist comes out of there and is also trained there. He added that Pakistan is 'exploiting' their own people and 'making them terrorists.'
"India has come a long way. It has become a powerful, big economy. So it has to act like a big boy in the big boys league. And it has to talk about what its immediate problems are and immediate places that it should pay attention like South East Asia. We have to emphasize that Pakistan is a terrorist state. Every terrorist comes out of there and is trained there. And the world has to recognize that. They are exploiting their own people and making them terrorists and developing terrorism there. And that has to be addressed in the United Nations so that they become aware of what a dangerous country Pakistan is. Pakistan and terrorism are synonyms. You can change the words for each other," the Indo-American Arts Council chairman said.
On Wednesday, External Affairs Minister Jaishankar spoke of the prevalence of terrorism in Pakistan and stated India can talk to 'Pakistan' but not 'terroristan.'
‘They have to accept the model which they have built for themselves, no longer works. You cannot in this day and age, conduct policy using terrorism as a legitimate instrument of statecraft that is at the heart of the issue. We have no problem talking to Pakistan, we have a problem talking to terroristan.’ S Jaishankhar said in a statement.