Pakistan greatest threat to world peace: UN Told
NEW DELHI: India has stopped being diffident in responding to Pakistani nuclear blackmail. In yet another stinging reply to Pakistan, India told the United Nations on Monday that there was a dangerous correlation between Pakistan’s unchecked development of nuclear weapons and the close nexus between the state and jihadi groups, and this posed the greatest threat to the world.
Responding to a reference to Jammu & Kashmir by Pakistan’s envoy to the Conference on Disarmament, Tehmina Janjua, Indian envoy Venkatesh Verma said, “The biggest threat to peace and stability comes from active promotion of terrorism and unbridled expansion of fissile material production and delivery systems for nuclear weapons under the shadow of a deeply disturbing and deeply entrenched nexus between state entities and non-state actors.”
The Indian response came after Janjua orally added a reference to the “Jammu & Kashmir dispute” to Pakistan’s statement in the ‘first committee’ which concerns itself with disarmament and non-proliferation issues. The remark was not there in her written statement. Verma responded by reminding the UN that “nuclear proliferation linkages which are active today have clear Pakistan fingerprints”.
In the UN, the Pakistani diplomat offered the usual already-rejected set of proposals – “simultaneous application of IAEA safeguards on all nuclear facilities and bilateral arrangement for their reciprocal inspections, simultaneous accession to NPT, regional CTBT” etc. “Just last month, our prime minister underlined Pakistan’s resolve to maintain strategic stability in its region… expressed readiness to agree on a bilateral arrangement,” Janjua said. These proposals serves Pakistan by letting its nuclear mentor China the only nuclear power in the neighbourhood.
Verma, in response, described the Pakistani proposals as “self-serving” and said it was “ironic that a country whose non-proliferation track record is marked by obstructionism seeks to convince the international community on its self-serving proposals”.