Pakistan rejects India’s criticism of FM Bilawal’s ‘uncivilised’ outburst

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Saturday rejected India’s criticism of Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari’s ‘uncivilized’ outburst against Prime Minister Narendra Modi, claiming it showed New Delhi’s ‘growing frustration’.
Pakistani minister resorted to personal attack on Prime Minister Modi and slammed RSS after External Affairs minister S Jaishankar described the neighboring country as “the epicenter of terrorism” when visiting New York to attend UN events.
Friday, Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesperson Arindam Bagchi in New Delhi said the “uncivilized explosion” in Bilawal appeared to be the result of Pakistan’s growing inability to use terrorists and their “proxies”.
In strong condemnation, Bagchi said Bilawal’s “frustration” would be best directed at the masterminds of terrorist enterprises in his own country which have made terrorism part of its “state policy”.
“Pakistan is a country that glorifies Osama bin Laden as a martyr and harbors terrorists like (Zakiur Rehman) Lakhvi, Hafiz Saeed, Masood Azhar, Sajid Mir and Dawood Ibrahim,” he said. “No other country can boast of having 126 Designated Terrorists and 27 UN Designated Terrorist Entities.”
Bagchi also said the minister’s remarks “are a new low even for Pakistan”.
On Saturday, the Foreign Office (FO) released a statement in response to media queries regarding the Foreign Office’s comments on Bilawal.
The MEA statement is “a reflection of India’s growing frustration over its failure to slander and isolate Pakistan”, FO alleged.
The FO said India was ‘desperately using international platforms to push forward its agenda of defaming and targeting Pakistan’ after Islamabad’s release from the FATF gray list in October and international recognition for its efforts of combating terrorism.
Pakistan has been removed from the gray list of the Paris-based Financial Action Task Force (FATF), the global terrorist financing and money laundering watchdog, four years after being placed in the infamous categorization .
He also alleged that India was following a “policy of pettiness towards its neighbours”.
“The intimidation and demonization of religious minorities receives official patronage in the states of India,” FO alleged, adding that New Delhi “peddled a fictional narrative of victimhood.”
Relations between India and Pakistan have often been tense Kashmir Question and cross-border terrorism emanating from Pakistan.
However, ties between the two countries crumbled after India repealed Article 370 of the Constitution, revoked the special status of Jammu and Kashmir and split the state into two union territories on 5 August 2019.


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