On Saturday, Pakistan dismissed Indian criticism of Bilawal Bhutto’s comments referring to Prime Minister Narendra Modi as a “butcher of Gujarat” and asserted that no amount of verbosity could mask the crimes committed by the “Saffron terrorists” in the nation.
The Indian administration was offended by Bilawal Bhutto’s comments at a news conference at the UN, which fuelled anti-Pakistan sentiment in New Delhi.
“I would like to remind Mr Jaishankar that Osama bin Laden is dead, but the butcher of Gujarat lives, and he is the prime minister (of India),” Bilawal had claimed.
“He (Narendra Modi) was banned from entering this country (the United States). These are the prime minister and foreign minister of RSS, which draws inspiration from Hitler’s SS,” he remarked.
Mumtaz Zehra Baloch, the ministry’s spokesperson, responded to questions from the media about the Indian Ministry of External Affairs’ statement from yesterday by saying: “With its statement, the Indian government has tried to hide behind subterfuge and canard to conceal the realities of the 2002 Gujarat massacre. It is a shameful story of mass killings, lynching, rape, and plunder. The fact of the matter is that the masterminds of the Gujrat Massacre have escaped justice and now hold key government positions in India.”
The ruling party’s political philosophy of Hindutva, according to the Foreign Office’s statement, has fostered an atmosphere of hatred, division, and impunity.
Baloch stressed that no verbosity could hide the crimes of the “Saffron terrorists” in India. “Hindutva, the political ideology of the ruling party, has given rise to a climate of hate, divisiveness and impunity.”
The culture of impunity was “deeply embedded,” she continued, in India’s Hindutva-dominated political system.
“The acquittal of the mastermind and perpetrators of the heinous attack on Delhi-Lahore Samjhota Express, that killed 40 Pakistani nationals on Indian soil, demonstrates the massacre of justice under the RSS-BJP dispensation.”
The FO spokeswoman claimed that in all Indian states, intimidation and demonization of religious minorities got official support.
She said, Hindutva supremacists have been let loose to engage in cow vigilantism, loot places of worship, and attack religious gatherings.
She asserted that “Only this week, a dossier was released containing irrefutable evidence that substantiated India’s involvement in the 2021 terrorist attack in peaceful Lahore neighbourhood. The evidence gathered with international support confirms that the Lahore attack was instigated, planned, and financed by the Indian state.”