‘I could use much harsher words’: Jaishankar on ‘undiplomatic’ words against Pakistan | India News – Times of India


NEW DELHI: External affairs minister S Jaishankar had said that “epicentre of terrorism” is a very diplomatic word to describe Pakistan and terror emanating from its soil.
“Because you are a diplomat, doesn’t mean you are untruthful. I could use much harsher words than epicentre, so believe me, considering what has been happening to us, I think epicentre is a very diplomatic word,” Jaishankar said in an interview with Austria’s ZIB2 podcast.
“This is a country which has attacked the Parliament of India some years ago, which attacked the city of Mumbai, which went after hotels, and foreign tourists, which every day sends terrorists across the border,” said Jaishankar in reference to the Mumbai 2008 attacks.
During a joint press briefing with the Austrian foreign ministry, Jaishankar had said (without naming any specific country but the reference was obvious) that since the epicentre of terrorism is located close to India, our experiences and insights are valuable to others.
During the ZIB2 podcast when the anchor said that Pakistan does not spread terrorism as a country, Jaishankar responded, “If you control your sovereign space, which I believe they do. If terrorist camps operate in broad daylight in cities with recruitment and financing, can you really tell me that the Pakistani state doesn’t know what’s going on? Especially, they are being trained in military-level, combat tactics.”
Jaishankar also hit out at the European countries for not condemning Pakistan. “When we speak about judgments and principles, why don’t I hear sharp European condemnation of these practices that have been going on for decades?” he said.
When asked about the possibility of war in the future between India and Pakistan, Jaishankar said that the “world should be more concerned about terrorism.”
“The world has to be concerned that terrorism is going on and it looks away, often feels it is not their problem because it’s happening to some other countries. I think the world needs to be concerned about how sincerely and strongly it takes up the challenge of terrorism,” said Jaishankar.
He also hit out at the anchor for defending and “giving a free pass to Pakistan” on the issue of terrorism.
“We all need to be concerned about terrorism. If you pose it the way you do, it’s like giving a free pass to terrorism, you know, let’s worry about the next consequence of it. I am worried about terrorism,” added Jaishankar.

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