Source: The Hitavada      Date: 24 Sep 2017 10:56:46

THERE can never be a better one-word description of Pakistan than calling it ‘Terroristan’, a home of terrorism. Ms. Eenam Gambhir, a First Secretary in India’s Permanent Mission at the United Nations, made this very scathing observation about Pakistan at the UN General Assembly, capturing the world’s attention immediately. She has said in no uncertain terms that Pakistan is a geography that has become synonymous with terrorism. Pakistan trains terrorists on its soil and sends them across the world to foment trouble everywhere. Ms. Gambhir appealed to the member-nations to take a notice of the dirty reality of Pakistan and design measures to curb the menace. 

This no-holds-barred speech made a strong pitch against Pakistan, in response to the earlier Pakistan accusation that India was suppressing the voice of freedom in Kashmir. Ms. Eenam Gambhir repeated the well known stance once more that India was a responsible State and would not conduct itself like Pakistan does as a sponsor of terrorism. “By now, all Pakistan’s neighbours are painfully familiar with its tactics to create a narrative based on distortions, deception and deceit.” Pakistan can be called a ‘land of pure terror -- Terroristan’ because of its behaviour all along, Ms. Gambhir asserted.

This assertion has come time and again and the global community is aware of the Indian stance fully. The world opinion, too, has changed favourably for India, thanks to its assertiveness on the issue. The only nation that is blind to this awareness is Pakistan because it has decided never to wake up the reality of its ugly image in the global community. And it is almost foolish to expect Pakistan to realise the truth about itself.

Of course, India must make its stance repeatedly at every possible world forum. Those efforts over long years are beginning to bear fruits as three global groups -- India-Brazil-South Africa (IBSA), Brazil-Russia-India-China-South Africa (BRICS), and South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) -- have backed the Indian stand on fight against terror. That makes the Indian stance stronger and more credible.

Of course, China’s presence in one of the three groups may be a thorn in the flesh as it has backed Pakistan almost unconditionally on issues related to India’s fight against terror. It has blocked the Indian at the United Nations to have a dreaded terrorist declared as global offender. Minus that hindrance, India can often lean on the three groups for a wider support on the issue of terrorism. This isolates Pakistan very well in critical diplomatic arenas. For India, this is no mean a success.

It must be said in retrospect that India’s leadership of fight against terror is being recognised by the world. It may be a matter of time before the world castigates Pakistan as “Terroristan” in a no-nonsense reference.