India’s Minister of External Affairs Dr. S. Jaishankar referred to Pakistan’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Bilawal Bhutto Zardari as the “promoter, justifier, and spokesperson of a terrorism industry” in a statement to the media.
“Victims of terrorism do not sit together with its perpetrators to discuss terrorism,” EAM Dr. S. Jaishankar said during a gathering of the foreign ministers of the SCO members in Goa.
At the SCO gathering, there was no bilateral encounter between the two foreign ministers.
“On terrorism, Pakistan’s credibility is depleting even faster than its forex reserves,” EAM Dr. S. Jaishankar said in a clear swipe at Pakistan’s struggle with a huge financial crisis that has forced the country to knock from door to door for loans.
EAM Dr. S. Jaishankar’s statements were made on the same day that five Indian Army personnel were murdered in the line of duty while participating in an operation to uncover terrorists hiding in a forest close to Poonch in Jammu and Kashmir. Last Monday, the suspected Pakistani terrorists assaulted an army convoy, murdering five more troops.
The first Pakistani Foreign Minister to visit India in almost 12 years is Mr. Zardari, the son of assassinated former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto. Hina Rabbani Khar, the former Pakistani foreign minister, visited India in 2011.
EAM Dr. S. Jaishankar urged for unified action to combat terrorism at the SCO summit. He claimed that turning away from terrorism will harm the SCO.
“Neither individuals nor states should be allowed to hide behind non-state actors… The threat of terrorism persisted unabated while the globe struggled to deal with COVID and its effects. It would be damaging to our security interests if we turned a blind eye to this threat.” EAM Jaishankar added.
“Pakistan should wake up and smell the coffee. Article 370 is history, the sooner people realize it, the better.” EAM Jaishankar stated.
“Pakistan wants to commit terrorism and then wants that no one should talk about it on the global forum.” said EAM Jaishankar.