‘You ask the wrong minister, Pakistani ministers will tell you’

'You ask the wrong minister, Pakistani ministers will tell you'
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“The threat of terrorism has actually become more serious,” said S Jaishankar.

United Nations:

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Thursday said the world sees Pakistan as the “epicentre” of terrorism and despite more than two years of brain fog caused by Covid-19, the international community has not forgotten where the threat originates.

He said these words while speaking at the UN Security Council after the signature event on “Global Counter-Terrorism Approach: Challenges and Way Forward” held under the chairmanship of the Council by India.

“As for what they say, the truth is that today the whole world sees them as the epicenter of terrorism.

“I know that we have been through two and a half years of Covid and as a result many of us have brain fog. But I assure you that the world has not forgotten where terrorism originates from, who has its fingerprints on many activities in the region and outside the region.

“So I would say that’s something they need to remind themselves before they get caught up in the fantasies that they do,” he said.

Mr Jaishankar was responding to a question on Pakistan’s Minister of State for External Affairs Hina Rabbani Khar’s recent claim that “no country uses terrorism better than India”.

“You can’t keep snakes in your backyard and expect them to just bite your neighbors,” he urged US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in a 2011 joint press conference with Pakistan’s then foreign minister Khar. “I read the reports about what Minister Hina Rabbani Khar said. And I remembered that my memory serves me well more than a decade ago. Hillary Clinton was visiting Pakistan. And Hina Rabbani Khar was the minister at the time,” said Mr. Jaishankar Khar on the dossier against India. he said while answering the question about his latest statements.

“Standing next to him, Hillary Clinton actually said that if you have snakes in your yard, you can’t expect them to just bite your neighbors. Eventually, they’ll bite the people who keep them in the yard. But as you know, Pakistan is not good at taking good advice. You see what’s happening there,” he said.

Pakistan should clean up its act and try to be a good neighbor while stressing that the world is not “stupid” and calling out countries, organizations and people who are increasingly involved in terrorism, Mr Jaishankar said.

“You know, when you say how long we will do this, you are asking the wrong minister? Because the ministers of Pakistan will tell you how long Pakistan intends to deal with terrorism,” said Jaishankar.

He was responding to a Pakistani journalist’s question about how long South Asia will see terrorism spread from New Delhi, Kabul and Pakistan.

“At the end of the day, the world is not stupid, the world is not forgetful. And the world is increasingly calling out countries, organizations and people who engage in terrorism,” he said.

“By taking this debate somewhere else, you’re not going to hide it. You’re not going to confuse anyone anymore. People have figured it out. So my advice is to clean up your act. Please try to be a good neighbor.

“Please try to contribute to what the rest of the world is trying to do today, which is economic growth, progress and development,” Mr Jaishankar said.

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