PAKISTAN escalated the issue of Indian death-row prisoner Kulbhushan Jadhav in the UN Security Council after it was accused by India, the US and Afghanistan, for providing safe havens to terrorists.
Permanent Representative of Pakistan to the UN Maleeha Lodhi was responding to Indian ambassador to the UN Syed Akbaruddin who said Pakistan needs to change its “mindset” of differentiating between good and bad terrorists.
India urged the UN Security Council to focus on challenges posed by terrorism emanating from the safe havens from across the border.
In response to India, Lodhi brought up the case of Jadhav, who was captured in March last year and sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court for alleged spying, an accusation that India has dismissed as concocted.
“Those who talk of changing mindset need to look within, at their own record of subversion against my country as our capture of an Indian spy has proven beyond doubt,” Lodhi told the members of the UN Security Council, without naming Jadhav.
Earlier, the US told the UN Security Council that it wants to work cohesively and effectively with Pakistan, but the relationship cannot be successful if Pakistan continues to provide safe haven to terror organiations.
The US insisted that Islamabad join its efforts to bring a resolution to the conflict.
And the Afghan deputy foreign minister Hekmat Khalil Karzai reiterated the presence of terrorist safe haven across the border.
But Lodhi continued to deny the accusations against his country.
“Indeed, with its safe havens inside the country and income from the narcotics trade, the insurgency does not really need any outside assistance or support centres to sustain its efforts,” Lodhi said.