Pak oppn leader slams Imran for failed diplomacy

13 July, 2020 12:00 AM printer

ISLAMABAD: Khawaja Asif, Pakistani legislator and a member of the PML-N (Pakistan Muslim League-Noon), on June 25 (Thursday) slammed Prime Minister Imran Khan for his failures on the diplomatic front and praised India for securing the non-permanent seat at the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) with a high vote margin, reports OpIndia.

14 minutes into his speech, Asif stated, “It is not a big deal to become a non-permanent member of the UNSC. However, to win by 184 votes out of a total of 192 votes is a big deal. Our so-called brother nations have voted for India. Other countries get elected by 140 or 145 or even 150 seats but India got elected with 182 seats.” “Face the reality! Be it foreign policy or health or economy, everything is failing and collapsing (in Pakistan). And you (Imran Khan) are trying to appease us. The water has run over our heads. “The destruction caused to Pakistan due to Imran Khan can only be reversed if we get rid of him. As long as he remains on the throne, the cycle of devastation will continue,” Khwaja Asif emphasised.

The PML-N legislator also reprimanded Imran Khan for referring to slain terrorist Osama bin Laden as a ‘shaheed (martyr).’ “The man brought terrorism to this country. He was a terrorist of the highest level. He has destroyed my country. But our Prime Minister is calling him a martyr. Osama was brought to this country by Zia-ul-Haq (erstwhile military dictator) but Imran is calling him ‘shaheed’. Even Pervez Musharraf was Imran’s Godfather and continues to remain so,” Asif highlighted.

In a significant development, India was elected to the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) as a non-permanent member from the Asia-Pacific category for a two-year term on Wednesday night.

According to the reports, India received overwhelming support as it was elected unopposed as one of the non-permanent members of the UNSC after winning 184 votes in the 193-member General Assembly. The minimum requirement to get elected was 128 votes. India will begin its two-year term on January 1, 2021. This is the eighth time that India will sit at the UN high-table, which comprises five permanent members and 10 non-permanent members.

Meanwhile, American scholar Michael Rubin has said Pakistan’s failure of several decades to hold to account the terror complicity of its spy wing the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) has soiled the Islamic nation’s reputation, reports Just Earth.

“Decades of failing to hold Inter-Services Intelligence terror complicity to account have soiled Pakistan’s reputation, undermined its security, and left the country teetering on the edge of financial and security failure,” Michael Rubin, a contributor to the Washington Examiner’s Beltway Confidential blog, said in the write-up.

Highlighting the case of Ehsanullah Ehsan, he said: “Ehsanullah Ehsan, the former spokesman of Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan, a group responsible for one of the bloodiest terrorist attacks on Pakistani soil, ‘escaped’ from a maximum-security prison in February 2020, three years after his arrest.”

He said when foreign officials and diplomats confront Pakistan about its double-dealing with terrorist groups, Pakistani authorities often act indignant.

“Pakistani authorities may want to dismiss Indian intelligence reports that place him in Pakistan’s capital because they consider India their enemy, but decades of Pakistani double-dealing has left much of the world believing India to be more credible and Pakistan’s word unreliable,” Rubin said.

“Nor will Pakistan’s leaders, the Inter-Services Intelligence, or the online trolls and bots they employ be able to deflect Pakistani nationalist indignation about Ehsan, for the blood he traded upon was that of Pakistani school children,” he said.