One by one, countries of the world are isolating Pakistan for its terror-backing agenda and its inability to act against terror havens it harbours on its soil.
From an online petition to brand it as a terror state and multiple warnings to act against terror to Six major nations boycotting the SAARC summit to be held in Islamabad, Pakistan is facing the heat from across the globe.
Isolated Nawaz’s speech at UNGA
As Paistan faces isolation, Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif during his speech at the 71st United Nations General Assembly played the victim card calling ‘Pakistan a victim of terrorism’. Pakistani Prime Minister further called the Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani as a ‘young leader’.
UN General Secretary snubs Pak, no Kashmir mention
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today made no reference to Kashmir and the situation in the Valley in his last address, despite Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s repeated calls to the world body to help resolve the Kashmir issue between India and Pakistan.
Bill in US Congress to label Pak a ‘terror state’
Pakistan which is already facing an inevitable global isolation after the Indian army confirmed Pakistan’s involvement in the Uri attack in Kashmir, the nation was faced with yet another snub when two powerful American lawmakers introduced a bill in the US House of Representatives to designate Pakistan ‘a state sponsor of terrorism’.
US Secretary of State asks Pak to limit N-programme
Not only has Pakistan faced global isolation but has also received a ‘warning’ from the United States asking it to ‘exercise restraint in its nuclear ambitions’.
Petition against Pakistan on UK Parliament website
A petition has been put up on the official UK Parliament website, strongly condemning Pakistan for providing safe havens to terrorists. With over 14,000 signatures till date, the petition is already eligible for a response from the government.
Hillary Clinton raises questions of the safety of Pakistan’s N-programme
Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton has expressed concern over the possibility of Pakistan’s nuclear weapons falling into the hands of extremists, which she said was “a threatening scenario”, according to an American media report. “Pakistan is running full speed to develop tactical nukes in their continuing hostility with India. But we live in fear that they’re going to have a coup; that jihadists are going to take over the government, they’re going to get access to nuclear weapons, and you’ll have suicide nuclear bombers. So, this could not be a more threatening scenario,” an American daily quoted Clinton as saying.
The SAARC Effect
Besides India, three other SAARC members – Bangladesh, Bhutan and Afghanistan – have pulled out of the summit, indirectly blaming Pakistan for creating an environment which is not right for the successful holding of the meet.
“Bangladesh remains steadfast in its commitment to regional cooperation, connectivity and contacts but believes that these can only go forward in a more congenial atmosphere. In view of the above, Bangladesh is unable to participate in the proposed Summit in Islamabad,” a statement by Bangladesh declared.
Afghanistan has supported the surgical strikes conducted by the Indian army on terror launch pads across the Line of Control.
“We feel the pain as similar way as India does. Nobody should allow any state to use itself as safe havens for terrorists. We need to ask ourselves what motivates certain circles in Pakistan who could tolerate the policy of violence in the shield of political objectives,” Afghanistan Envoy Shaida Mohammad Abdali said.
Following India’s stand, Afghanistan too has pulled out of the SAARC summit to be held in Islamabad stating that the atmosphere is not conducive enough to hold the summit.
Sri Lanka pulled out of 19th SAARC Summit in Islamabad, becoming the fifth country to back India after India decided to boycott the summit.
“Sri Lanka regrets that the prevailing environment in the region is not conducive for holding the 19th SAARC Summit in Islamabad. Sri Lanka condemns terrorism in all its forms and manifestations, and stresses in this regard, the need to deal with the issue of terrorism in the region in a decisive manner,” Sri Lanka said today in a statement.
Maldives Government has condemned the Uri terrorist’s terror attack recently and wants a conductive atmosphere for SAARC summit to happen. The island nation also said that SAARC can happen only with unanimity among all members. Maldives Government sources have told TIMES NOW that they support India’s initiative on counter terrorism.
After six nations pulled out of the SAARC Summit, Nepal on Sunday released a statement postponing the 19th summit to be held at Islamabad on November 9-10, 2016.
“Nepal regrets that regional environment is not conducive to host the 19th SAARC Summit scheduled for 9 and 10 November 2016 in Islamabad. The host country, Pakistan, has informed the Chair of SAARC of the postponement of the 19’h SAARC Summit,” the statement from Nepal Foreign Ministry said.
Nepal has also said that SAARC member states must ensure that their respective territories are not used by terrorists for cross border terrorism.
Comment by KB – Special to The Indian Panorama (Bangalore): Pakistan must wake up and see how the world relates terrorism with Pakistan.
Pakistan’s state policy of mayhem has clearly torn apart the foundations on which Jinah had build Pakistan.
There is no conspiracy to defame Pakistan by any country including India and one has to see Pakistan’s bigotry, doublespeak, intolerance and hypocrisy in all aspects of its existence: Religious, social, political as well as intellectual to realise Pakistan is reaping what it sow.