Pakistan foreign minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has stoked a major controversy with his remarks on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, prompting a response from the Ministry of External Affairs.
The MEA said that the Pakistan FM’s “uncivilised outburst” seems to be a result of his country’s increasing inability to use terrorists and their proxies. In response to media queries on Bilawal’s ‘uncivilized’ remarks, the official spokesperson for the MEA, Arindam Bagchi, said, “These comments are a new low, even for Pakistan. Pakistan foreign minister’s frustration would be better directed towards the masterminds of terrorist enterprises in his own country, who have made terrorism a part of their state policy. Pakistan needs to change its own mindset or remain a pariah.”
During a press conference on the sidelines of the UNSC meeting, Jaishankar cemented India’s position against Islamabad and called it the “epicentre of terrorism”. “Pakistan is not good at taking good advice. The world today sees them as the epicentre of terrorism,” Jaishankar said.
While replying to Jaishankar’s remarks during a press conference on Thursday, Pakistani Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari called PM Modi a “butcher of Gujarat lives”. “Osama bin Laden is dead, but the butcher of Gujarat lives and he is the Prime Minister of India,” Bhutto said. He claimed that Muslims in Gujarat and Jammu and Kashmir believe “PM Modi is the main accused of inciting communal violence”. said Bhutto.
Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, the son of former Pakistan prime minister Benazir Bhutto, is currently serving as the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Chairman. In April, he became the country’s “youngest” foreign minister at the age of 33.
Responding to these remarks, BJP has condemned the “highly shameful and derogatory” remarks of the Pakistan Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari against Prime Minister Narendra Modi and has decided to hold nationwide protests on Saturday.