- Indian premier accuses Pakistan of being epicentre of terrorism
- Says while India exports software, Pakistan exports terrorism across the world
In a latest episode of his hate-mongering, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday threatened to isolate Pakistan in the entire world through an intense global campaign.
“We will isolate you. I will work for that,” Modi said in his first speech after the attack on an Indian army base in India-held Kashmir last Sunday that killed 18 soldiers.
Spewing hatred against the neighbouring country, Modi accused Pakistan of being ‘the epicenter of terrorism’ and claimed it was “exporting terrorism” to the world, saying “While India exports software, Pakistan exports terrorism across the world.”
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Modi’s address to a BJP rally, his first since the Uri attack, took place in the southern Indian town of Kozhikode in Kerala state.
Mid-way during his provocative speech, the Indian prime minister changed tone and challenged Pakistan to a battle of defeating poverty and illiteracy.
“Lets see who wins? Who is able to defeat poverty and illiteracy first, Pakistan or India?” he said.
Modi’s latest episode of anti-Pakistan vitriol comes on the heels of heightened tensions between the two countries.
He said that in the last four months, Indian security forces have killed 110 terrorists who allegedly crossed over the cease-fire line in Kashmir from Pakistani territory.
“Terrorist attacks in Bangladesh and Afghanistan were also being instigated from Pakistan.” He also accused Pakistan of trying to destabilise Asia by exporting terrorism.
“This is the only country that is exporting terrorism in all corners,” Modi said, without directly naming Pakistan, in his first public comments since the attack.
“Wherever there is news of terror, there is news that either the terrorist first went to this country or later, after the incident, like Osama Bin Laden,” he said addressing a rally in southern Kerala state.
Addressing the Pakistani people directly, he added: “We both gained independence in the same year but (today) India exports software and your leaders export terrorists.”
“India has and never will bow down in the face of terrorism,” Modi said.
Modi warned Islamabad that India would continue to push to make Pakistan a pariah state in the eyes of the international community.
“We will intensify it (our efforts) and force you to be alone all over the world,” he said.
The Indian premier also met the service chiefs of the Indian Army, Navy and Air Force to discuss the current situation in Kashmir and India’s response to the Uri attack.
Some Indian military experts have called for cross border strikes against suspected militant camps across the border in the wake of the latest attack.
But Pakistan has warned it will hit back against any Indian attack and the latest tensions between the nuclear-armed neighbours are drawing concern.
On Thursday, Foreign Office spokesman Nafees Zakaria stressed that Pakistan was a peace loving country. He said India had habitually blamed Pakistan for every incident while the country’s media was creating hype with irresponsibility.
Over a hundred Kashmiris have been martyred and thousands injured as a result of Indian army atrocities since July 8 this year.
Pakistan is pursuing the Kashmir issue peacefully in the United Nations where Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has held meetings with world leaders and will address the United Nations General Assembly on Wednesday.
On Wednesday, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif told the UN General Assembly that Pakistan wanted peace but New Delhi was an obstacle to talks.