The UN celebrated its 75th anniversary yesterday in the midst of an unprecedented global health crisis with severe economic and social impacts. While we acknowledge the body for the esteemed role it plays in the global scenario, let us also throw some light on Indian diplomats who’ve made history at the international forum.
Recently during the UN General Assembly (UNGA) in New York, Pakistan’s Prime Minister, Imran Khan ended up embarrassing himself after he dared to show up in the UNGA 2019. Khan’s speech was brimming with baseless allegations and threats of a nuclear attack on India.
In response to his unremitting jabber, Indian Foreign Service (IFS) officer Vidisha Maitra, took him out on every single point in his speech with solid facts and figures. The remainder of Khan’s ego was crushed when the national diplomat took a mirror to show the Prime Minister that his country is but a spring of terrorism.
Maitra referred to the mentions of baseless allegations put forward by Khan as a ‘callous portrayal of the world in binary terms’. She said that the ‘Us vs Them’ mentality only aims at sharpening differences and stirring up hatred on both sides.
Bringing special focus on the kind of terminology the Pakistani leader used with words like “pogrom”, “bloodbath”, and “racial superiority” in his speech she said that the leader was abusing the opportunity to reflect upon himself. She further stated that the “pick up the gun” and “fight to the end” mindset reflected a medieval mindset and not a 21st-century vision.
Maitra who is India’s First Secretary to the Ministry of External Affairs happens to be the newest officer at the United Nations. She brought the assemblies’ focus on the crippling number of minorities in Pakistan. She accused the country of persecuting minorities such as Christians, Sikhs, Ahmadiyas, Hindus, Shias, Pashtuns, Sindhis, and Balochi under draconian blasphemic laws.
“This a country that has shrunk the size of its minority community from 23% in 1947 to 3% today and has subjected Christians, Sikhs, Ahmadiyas, Hindus, Shias, Pashtuns, Sindhis and Balochis to draconian blasphemy laws, systemic persecution, blatant abuse and forced conversions,” she said in her response.
The key focus of her stinging response to the Pakistani PM was her straight forward remarks on the active breeding of terrorism in the country. She put forward the following questions which left the PM thunderstruck and gauche at the international assembly:
“Can Pakistan confirm the fact that it is home to 130 UN-designated terrorists and 25 terrorist entities listed by the UN, as of today?”
“Will Pakistan acknowledge that it is the only Government in the world that provides pension to an individual listed by the UN in the Al Qaeda and Da’esh Sanctions list!”
“Can Pakistan explain why here in New York, its premier bank, the Habib Bank had to shut shop after it was fined millions of dollars over terror financing?”
“Will Pakistan deny that the Financial Action Task Force has put the country on notice for its violations of more than 20 of the 27 key parameters?”
“And would Prime Minister Khan deny to the city of New York that he was an open defender of Osama bin Laden?”
Vidisha Maitra has received much appreciation for her bewildering portrayal of accuracy and merit at the UN assembly. She is from the 2009 batch IFS officers. Apart from serving as India’s secretary at the United Nations, she also looks after the Shanghai cooperation organization.