Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday greeted Pakistan on its Independence Day, notwithstanding the chill…
DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday targeted Pakistan in firm words while addressing the nation on the Independence Day from the Red Fort.
In his address from the ramparts of the Red Fort on the occasion of 70th Independence Day, Modi talked about situation in Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir (PoK), Gilgit and Baluchistan and said people from there have thanked him for raising their issues.
Referring to Peshawar school attack in which more than 140 people, most of them children, were killed, the Prime Minister said India’s Parliament and the country’s schools and children had felt the pain as the country has strong foundation of humanity.
“But look at the other side where terrorism is being glorified. Where killing of innocents by terrorists is celebrated. What kind of terrorism-inspired life is it? What kind of government is which is inspired by terrorism? The world will need to understand the double standards,” Modi said.
His comments came against the backdrop of Pakistan declaring Wani a ‘martyr’ and organising programmes in his memory.
Modi also said that the country will not bow down or yield to terrorism and extremism and asked the youth to shun violence.
PM Modi’s remarks come amid ongoing bitterness between the two nations.
In provocative remarks, Pakistan on Sunday said that it is dedicating its Independence Day to Kashmir’s ‘freedom’ and will continue to extend full diplomatic, political and moral support to the people of the state. The comments by the Pakistani High Commissioner to India Abdul Basit came during the country’s Independence Day celebrations at its embassy in Delhi.
India had on Saturday virtually turned down Pakistan’s offer for a dialogue on Jammu and Kashmir seeking an end to Pak-supported cross-border terrorism. Basit’s comments came on a day when Pakistani forces violated the ceasefire along the LoC in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir.
India and Pakistan are witnessing growing bitterness after Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif also made provocative statements on the Kashmir situation in the wake of Hizbul Mujahideen leader Burhan Wani’s killing on July 8.
Not only did Sharif praise Wani but he also remarked that “Kashmir will one day become Pakistan”, a comment which evoked a sharp reaction from External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, who said his dream of the state becoming a part of his country “will not be realised even at the end of eternity”.
Further needling India, Pakistan has demanded an independent inquiry into the ‘extrajudicial’ killing of Wani and claimed that the denial of ‘plebiscite’ to Kashmiri people was behind the flare-up in the Valley