Islamabad: A day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s blistering attack, Pakistan denied his assertion that it was exporting terror and maintained his remarks were part of India’s “vilification campaign”.
Accusing PM Modi of “maligning Pakistan,” its foreign office said “such irresponsible display of behaviour at the highest political level is regrettable.”
Yesterday, at a public meeting in Kerala’s Kozhikode on the sidelines of the BJP national council meet, PM Modi had directly addressed the people of Pakistan, saying, “Ask your leaders, both our countries got freedom together. Why does India export software and yours export terrorists?”
India, he said, was also ready to “fight” Pakistan. “Let’s see who eradicates poverty first. Let’s fight to eradicate unemployment.”
He had a message for Pakistan’s leadership too. “You have Pakistan-occupied Kashmir. You cannot manage it. Bangladesh used to be yours, you couldn’t manage it. You cannot manage Gilgit, Baltistan, Pakhtunkhwa, Balochistan, Sindh… and you are talking about Kashmir?” he said.
Issuing a warning to both terrorists and Pakistan’s leadership, he said, “Terrorists should hear out clearly that India will never forget the Uri attack…I want to tell the leadership of Pakistan that the sacrifice of our 18 jawans will not go in vain”.
India-Pakistan relations plummeted after the attack in Uri as investigations indicated the involvement of Pakistan-based terrorists.
PM Modi has endorsed a plan to isolate Pakistan diplomatically and the nation has provided a strong response to Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s address at the UN Human Rights Council, where he had eulogized terrorist Burhan Wani.