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Pakistan Army epicentre of terrorism: Banner in Geneva

The banner is placed over a police barricade near the Broken Chair Memorial in Geneva — to the utter embarrassment of Pakistan and its army

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During the 43rd session of the United Nations Human Rights Council, a banner reading “Pakistan Army Epicentre of International Terrorism” was placed near the Broken Chair Memorial in Geneva — to the utter embarrassment of the named country and its army.

Many countries, including the US, have called Pakistan a safe haven for terrorists. US President Donald Trump has reprimanded Pakistan on the issue of terrorism too — in several international forums.

India has clearly stated many times that talks with Pakistan are possible only when it stops helping the terrorists.

The terrorist group that attacked Mumbai on 26 November 2008, the Lashkar-e-Taiba, is known internationally as enjoying the support of the Pakistani Army via its intelligence agency ISI.

Pakistan categorically denies the allegations against it. Prime Minister Imran Khan says that his country is itself battling terrorism. However, it is well known that there is a great difference between the words and actions of Pakistan.

Pakistan has condemned the banner. However, this is not the first time that Pakistan has suffered humiliation abroad. Even earlier, such protests have been witnessed during international conferences. In fact, this banner was placed with the Broken Chair only to sensitise the world to Pakistan’s international law and human rights violations so that some members of the international community raises the issue.

The United Nations has been partially effective in controlling the Pakistani menace. India also exposed the misdeeds of Pakistan on many forums time and again.

The Islamic country has been a refuge of terrorists since the beginning. Since 9/11, it has been proved globally that Pakistan is the centre of international terrorism. The region of North Waziristan, bordering Afghanistan, is a hub for local and international militants linked to al-Qaeda and the Taliban, as well as other terrorist groups, including its network.

The army-dictated country does not appear to be interested in taking strong measures against these terrorist groups. When there is more international pressure, there is a pretence of taking action against terrorists. As in the previous days, Hafiz Saeed was arrested. However, Hafiz’s lawyer made it clear that the police have put such charges on him that he can wriggle out of. His party is permitted to contest elections in that country.

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