In a thinly veiled reference to Pakistan, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Monday that a single nation was fomenting terror in South Asia.
Modi’s remarks at the G20 Summit in China were shared by India’s Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson Vikas Sarup on Twitter. “Indeed, one single nation in South Asia is spreading these agents of terror in the countries of our region,” the Indian prime minister reportedly remarked.
“Terrorist is a terrorist”
PM:1 single nation in https://t.co/DgmCrOoiUF is spreading agents of terror in our region pic.twitter.com/RcLQMPPkub
— Vikas Swarup (@MEAIndia) September 5, 2016
“There are some nations that use it as an instrument of state policy,” he added. Modi went on to claim that “India has a policy of zero tolerance to terrorism,” before adding “for us a terrorist is a terrorist.”
Relations between the neighbouring archrivals have been on the edge since the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani in a shootout on July 8. Wani’s killing sparked mass protests, leaving at least 70 protesters dead and scores injured.
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Earlier on August 12, Pakistan offered to hold discussions with India to calm unrest in Kashmir, but the latter turned the request down. Modi also targeted Pakistan in his Independence Day address, saying the country would have to answer for rights violations in Balochistan and Azad Jammu and Kashmir.
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On September 1, Army chief General Raheel Sharif told India’s premier spy agency RAW that Pakistan’s borders were completely secure and that the country understood the conspiracies being hatched against it well.
This article first appeared on NDTV
Courtesy : Express Tribune