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Indian Prime Minister Modi’s “high-profile commitment” at the United Nations General Assembly that India’s vaccine (manufacturing capacity) “will help all mankind”, and “self-assessment” about India being ” the world’s largest democracy” …… were immediately met with a bucket of cold water from Pakistan. Pakistan’s Ambassador to the United Nations accused Modi’s speech in the General Assembly of being out of touch with India’s “divisive reality,” and chided India for its silence on international issues.

On the fifth day of the general debate of the 75th session of the UN General Assembly, Indian Prime Minister Modi delivered a speech via video on the 26th local time. According to the UN official website, Modi made a “commitment” in his speech on the new corona epidemic.

“Against the difficult backdrop of a global pandemic of the virus, the Indian pharmaceutical industry has continued to send essential medicines to more than 150 countries around the world,” Modi said and pledged that “as the world’s largest vaccine producer …… India will make full use of its own vaccine production and transportation capabilities to help all of humanity overcome the epidemic crisis. Modi pledged at the UN General Assembly that India’s vaccines “will help all mankind.” (Source: UN website)

Modi also said that India is now embarking on Phase III clinical trials of the Covid vaccine and that “India will also help all countries to upgrade their cold chain and storage capacity to safeguard the transportation of the vaccine”.

In addition to the epidemic, Modi also carried out “self-evaluation” in a number of areas. He said that India “is the world’s largest democracy”; he praised the country’s leadership in the global digital economy; and that India “has never been a threat to the international community when it was strong, nor has it been a burden to the world when it was weak…. “; he also commended India’s consistent commitment to peace, security and prosperity, its uncompromising opposition to terrorism, illicit arms smuggling, drugs and money laundering as the enemies of humanity, and its cultural heritage, age-old traditions and thousands of years of experience, which will surely benefit developing countries. ……

(Video clip of Modi’s speech at the UN General Assembly Photo Credit: UN website)

However, Modi’s “lofty words” were immediately met with a bucket of cold water from Pakistan.

According to Pakistan’s United News Agency (UNPA) on 26th, when asked to comment on Modi’s remarks, Pakistan’s Ambassador to the United Nations, Munir Akram, criticized that “Modi’s silence on international issues in his speech is divorced from the reality of India’s narrow-mindedness, divisiveness, brutality and economic failure, and its disputes with all its neighbors.”

(JPA: Ambassador Munir Akram accuses Modi of silence on “international issues” in UN speech)

Moreover, the PNA also said that Modi did not mention Kashmir, the Middle East, especially the Palestinian issue, and climate change in his speech. The report also highlighted that since August 5, 2019, India has been heavily criticized by the United Nations and other international human rights organizations as well as public opinion for its oppression of Jammu and Kashmir and gross violations of human rights of Kashmiris.

On 5 August last year, the Government of India announced that it had abrogated Article 370 of the Constitution currently in force, revoking the special status granted to Indian-administered Kashmir under the previous Constitution. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Pakistan strongly condemned it and stated that it would use all possible options to oppose this illegal Indian measure. India and Pakistan have a long-standing sovereignty dispute over Kashmir, which has led to numerous wars between the two countries. 1972 Simla Agreement between India and Pakistan re-established the Line of Control (LoC) and divided Kashmir into two parts.

The Indian-Pakistani border region has recently been the scene of frequent conflicts, and the speeches of the leaders of India and Pakistan at the United Nations General Assembly have also been the focus of attention. A number of foreign media noted that on the 25th, Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan had just started his speech, when the Indian representative suddenly got up and left the room, a move that immediately sparked public controversy.

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