Modi ac­cuses Pak­istan of ex­port­ing ter­ror­ism

The Myanmar Times - - World -

INDIAN Prime Min­is­ter Narendra Modi lashed out at Pak­istan, ac­cus­ing it of “ex­port­ing ter­ror­ists” af­ter a deadly at­tack on an army base that New Delhi has blamed on Pak­istan­based mil­i­tants.

Mr Modi’s com­ments were the lat­est in a war of words between the neigh­bours over es­ca­lat­ing ten­sions in dis­puted Kash­mir, where 18 Indian sol­diers were killed last week in the worst at­tack in the re­gion for over a decade.

“This is the only coun­try that is ex­port­ing ter­ror­ism in all cor­ners,” Mr 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 on Septem­ber 24.

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 reg­u­larly ac­cuses its archri­val Pak­istan of arm­ing and send­ing rebels across the heav­ily mil­i­tarised bor­der that di­vides Kash­mir between the two coun­tries.

The Indian army has blamed the lat­est at­tack on Pak­istan-based mil­i­tant group Jaish-e-Mo­ham­mad, which was also im­pli­cated in an au­da­cious at­tack on an Indian air force base in Pathankot in the north­ern state of Pun­jab in Jan­uary that left seven sol­diers dead.

Mr Modi seemed to ap­peal for calm among some of his right-wing sup­port­ers who have called for a mus­cu­lar re­sponse against Pak­istan in the wake of the lat­est at­tack.

“In­dia is ready for a war but let us fight a war on poverty, un­em­ploy­ment and let’s see who wins first, In­dia or Pak­istan,” he said. –

Photo: AFP

Pak­istani Chris­tian pro­test­ers burn an ef­figy of Indian Prime Min­is­ter Narendra Modi dur­ing a demon­stra­tion in Quetta on Septem­ber 24 to show sol­i­dar­ity with those liv­ing in Indian-ad­min­is­tered Kash­mir.

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