New Delhi/New York: India on Sunday strongly hit back at Pakistan for the “preposterous allegation” its Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi made at the UN General Assembly that terrorists behind the 2014 attack on a Peshawar school were supported by India, saying the “despicable insinuation” dishonours the memory of the children killed in the assault.
New Delhi also scoffed at the new Imran Khan-led Pakistani government’s claim of ushering in a “naya (new) Pakistan,” saying, that what Pakistan’s “new” foreign minister had said “was a ‘New Pakistan’ cast in the mold of old.”
Making a highly outrageous claim, Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said earlier, “Pakistan shall never forget the mass murder of more than 150 children in a Peshawar School, the terrible Mastung attack and many others that have links with terrorists supported by India.”
Reeling under External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj's blistering attack on Saturday that had put Islamabad on the mat on the issue of terrorism at the UN General Assembly, a furious Pakistan in turn on Sunday accused India and the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) of terrorism at the UNGA on Sunday. A Pakistani diplomat at the UNGA, while exercising Islamabad’s first right of reply said, “The breeding ground of terrorism in our region are the RSS centres of fascism. The claims of religious superiority are perpetrated through state patronage all across India.”
But Indian diplomat from the country’s Permanent Mission to the UN, Eenam Gambhir, exercised India’s Right of Reply and rejected Islamabad’s baseless allegations.
“Among the most outrageous was the preposterous allegation relating to the horrific terror attack on a Peshawar school four years ago,” Ms Gambhir said....