New Delhi: A transformed India under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi has bluntly called Pakistan a “ breeding ground of terror” on Wednesday and asked Islamabad to vacate the part of Kashmir occupied by Pakistan.
“Pakistan is not primary victim of terrorism but of its own policies. It is in fact the prime sponsor of terrorism. Pakistan’s instability arises from its breeding of terrorists. Blaming neighbors is not a solution,” spokesman of India’s ministry of external affairs Vikas Swarup said in a series of tweets on Wednesday.
New Delhi’s sulfurous response came after Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had launched his country’s familiar lament about Pakistan being a victim of terrorism and the need to “demilitarize” Kashmir and give the state the right of self-determination.
“To de-militarize Kashmir is not the answer, to de-terrorize Pakistan is,” Swarup blasted back.
In response to Sharif’s statement that “many generations of Kashmiris have lived their lives under occupation,” Swarup tweeted the following retort: “Pak PM gets foreign occupation right, occupier wrong. We urge early vacation of Pak occupied Kashmir.”
India’s hardline response, probably the toughest in decades, came after Sharif laid down Pakistan shop-worn narrative about being a victim of terrorism, despite openly harboring many well-known and UN and US designated terrorists and terror groups.
Despite this well known pattern, previous Indian governments had been reluctant to call out Pakistan and humiliate it so publicly, preferring discreet peace moves to walk it back from its widely-known sponsorship of terrorism. The BJP government appears to have decided it will call Pakistan’s bluff and expose it before the world community.