UAE, Maldives foil Pak plan to target India at UN

NEW DELHI, May 29: Amid reports of Pulwama attack rerun bid foiled, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and the Maldives have thwarted an attempt by Pakistan to create an informal group of Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) envoys at the United Nations on Islamophobia to target India.
According to a ‘Dawn’ report, both the UAE and Maldives did not support Pakistan’s move, saying that only foreign ministers could form such a group.
The two countries also told the OIC, in the virtual meeting of the envoys, that singling out India for Islamophobia would not only be factually incorrect, but also detrimental to religious harmony in South Asia and refused to support any action against India, the newspaper reported.
The foiling of Pak’s OIC plan by Maldives, UAE came on Thursday, when an IED attack bid, similar to the one that killed 40 CRPF personnel at Pulwama in Srinagar last year, was averted after a team of the Police and Army intercepted a car loaded with explosives, which was later destroyed.
The foiled suicide mission by the Jaish-e-Mohammad and Hizbul Mujahideen militants was uncannily similar to the Pulwama attack of February 14, 2019.
According to the ‘Dawn’ report, Maldives permanent representative in New York, Thilmeeza Hussain, had said that her country stood firmly against Islamophobia, Xenophobia or any other form of violence.
The top diplomat also said that to promote political or any other agenda, Maldives also believed that targeting a specific country would be like side-stepping the real issue.
The newspaper report, quoting Hussain, said “Isolated statements by motivated people and disinformation campaigns on social media should not be construed as representative of the feelings of 1.3 billion people”. Hussain is also the Maldives Ambassador to the United States. (UNI)