Pakistan prime minister Imran Khan’s threat of unleashing nuclear devastation qualifies as brinksmanship not statesmanship, India said while exercising its right of reply to Khan’s speech at United Nations General Assembly.
During his UN speech on Friday, Imran suggested that nuclear-armed Pakistan may not have much of a choice if a conventional war were to break out between Pakistan and India which he described as a country seven-times its size.
“What choice would I have I will fight,” he said.
In a sharp riposte to Khans speech, Vidisha Maitra, first Secretary MEA asked: “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 Daesh sanctions list?”.
She was referring to Pakistan approaching the UN security council committee with a request to let Lashkar-e-Tayiba chief Hafiz Saeed to withdraw money for what Islamabad described as “necessary basic living expenses”.