Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday launched a blistering attack on Pakistan his first public address at a Bharatiya Janata Party rally in Kozhikode after the Uri terror attack
Modi said Pakistan – which is widely seen as being the source of the deadly attack which claimed the lives of 18 jawans last week – “wanted bloodshed, killing of people and terror.” In his speech, the PM not only singled out the Pakistan government for scathing criticism, but also addressed the people of Pakistan directly.
PM returns Uri fire, says ‘angry’ India won’t forget its jawans’ sacrifice
Speaking about the Uri attack, he said, “There’s anger in entire country after the Uri attack. 18 of our soldiers sacrificed their lives after our neighbour exported terrorists there,” he continued.
After saying the whole nation was “very proud” of the Indian armed forces, the PM issued a grim warning to the masterminds of the attack, and others who may be planning more attacks: “The sacrifice of our 18 jawans will not go in vain. We will leave no stone unturned to isolate Pakistan in the world,” he said.
Referring to the many infiltration bids foiled by security forces in Jammu and Kashmir in recent months, he said, “In the last few months, our neighbour tried to destroy our country by exporting terrorists more than 17 times but our army defeated them. More than 110 terrorists have been killed in the past few months by Indian army while they were trying to infiltrate,” he added.
He said India and Pakistan had both attained Independence at the same time – but while India exported software, Pakistan exported terrorists. He then issued his stirring challenge to Pakistanis: “I want to tell the people of Pakistan, India is ready to fight you. If you have the strength, come forward to fight against poverty. Lets see who wins. Let’s see who is able to defeat poverty and illiteracy first, Pakistan or India.”
And he had some more. “A day will come when the people of Pakistan will go against their own government to fight terrorism,” he said.
He taunted the Pakistani government, asking “leaders of (our) neighbouring country used to say that they will fight for 1000 years, but where are they lost now? I want to inform Pakistan that before 1947 even your leaders used to salute this land.”
And he told Pakistan to look in its own backyard before coveting the territory of others. “Pakistan is aiming for Kashmir. They should first look at the land they have already captured ie PoK, Gilgit and Balochistan. Ask them (to Pak people): you can’t handle Gilgit, PoK, Balochistan which is with you, then why mislead people by talking about Kashmir?”
Pakistan ‘voting against Asia’s prosperity‘
The PM said that while the 21st century could very well become Asia’s century, there was one Asian country whose “aim” was to prevent that from happening, and was “associated with terrorism.” This was only a thinly-veiled reference to India’s north-western neighbour. Pakistan, he said, was “voting against Asia’s prosperity.”
“The question is not only about India. This is one country which is exporting terrorism everywhere,” he added. “Whenever news about terrorism comes, news also comes that the terrorist either came from there or – like Osama did – went there after the act,” he explained. “They (Pakistan) want bloodshed, killing of people and terror,” he said.
He told his audience that India would never bow down before terrorism. “Terrorism is the enemy of humanity. We need to join our hands to defeat terrorism,” he said.
‘Kerala can become India’s best state’
Before he began his scathing attack on Pakistan, the PM also hailed the efforts of BJP party workers in the state. “Jan Sangh and BJP Karyakartas from Kerala have seen and faced so much. Today too, party isn’t in power here but they continue serving,” he said. He assured party workers that their hard work and sacrifice would “never go in vain”
In his speech, the PM also paid tribute to the state he was visiting. After beginning his speech with a few lines in Malayalam, he said, “When we think of Kerala, we think of God’s own country; it gives an impression of purity and holiness.” He added that Kerala had the potential to be India’s number one state, and that his government would give it all the support it needed to attain that position.
Inputs from ANI
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