Making it abundantly clear that India will not forget or forgive what Hafiz Saeed did, India’s Permanent Representative to the UN Syed Akbaruddin on Tuesday said that justice will be done to the Mumbai attack mastermind.
Akbaruddin further said that everyone uses soft power in diplomacy, adding India was no exception.
Akbaruddin listed out India’s efforts in using soft diplomacy as a tool.
“Justice will be done in the case of Hafiz Saaed and the country will not forget or forgive what he did,” he said while speaking on the sidelines of a conference on soft power.
Addressing the conference, he said India’s major needs as a developing country will always be internal.
“India’s major needs as a developing country will always be internal. Given that we are a country of a billion plus, every aspect of our public diplomacy would be towards improving our internal conditions,” he said.
He also listed some of the biggest challenges facing the country.
“The big challenges facing India are climate (change) and sanitation and there is no shame in acknowledging that we need to improve. I have not seen any diplomat before 2014 stood up to acknowledge our shortcomings,” he said.
He said but today efforts are being put in to “improve ourselves that is the face of changing Indian diplomacy”.
(With IANS inputs)