New York (USA) | Jagran News Desk: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday took a veiled dig at Pakistan and its Prime Minister Imran Khan said that those "using terrorism as a political tool should know that it is dangerous for them too". Addressing the 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York, PM Modi called the situation in Afghanistan "critical" and said that it is important to ensure that the Afghan soil is not used to spread terrorism.

Calling for reforms at the UN, PM Modi said that danger of "regressive thinking and extremism" is increasing in the world and said that "a broader global response" is needed to fight terrorism. He also stressed that the UN needs to improve its effectiveness and enhance its reliability.

"We also need to ensure that no country tries to take advantage of delicate situation in Afghanistan and use it for its own selfish interests. At this time, people of Afghanistan, women and children, minorities need help. We must fulfill our duties by providing them with help," PM Modi was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.

PM Modi's dig at Pakistan comes a day after its Prime Minister Imran Khan racked up the issue of Jammu and Kashmir in his UNGA speech. Later, India, while exercising the Right to Reply, called Pakistan a "patron of terrorism and a suppressor of minorities".

"Regrettably, this is not the first time the leader of Pakistan has misused platforms provided by the UN to propagate false and malicious propaganda against my country, and seeking in vain to divert the world's attention from the sad state of his country where terrorists enjoy free pass while the lives of ordinary people, especially those belonging to the minority communities, are turned upside down," it said in a statement.

A veiled dig at China

PM Modi on Saturday also took a veiled dig at China for his assertiveness in the Indo-Pacific region and said that oceans -- which are lifeline of international trade -- should be protected from the race for expansion.

"The international community must speak in one voice to strengthen a rule-based world order," PM Modi was quoted as saying by ANI.

PM Modi's dig at China comes a day after he held the high-level Quad Summit with US President Joe Biden, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga and Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison. Following the Quad summit, the four leaders had called for a free and open Indo-Pacific region "undaunted by coercion".

"Collectively, we recommit to selling the free, open, rules-based order, rooted in worldwide regulation and undaunted by coercion, to bolster safety and prosperity within the Indo-Pacific and past," they said in a joint statement.

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma