Modi blames Pakistan for spreading terrorism in India

Published June 8, 2015
India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaks after signing an agreement with Bangladesh government in Dhaka June 6, 2015. —Reuters
India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaks after signing an agreement with Bangladesh government in Dhaka June 6, 2015. —Reuters

DHAKA: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in an address at Dhaka University on Sunday blamed Pakistan for spreading terrorism and fear in neighbouring India, according to a report on Hindustan Times website.

"Pakistan aaye din India, jo naako dum la deta hai, terrorism ko badhawa deta hai... ki ghatnaayein ghatthi rehti hain," PM Modi said in his address to Dhaka University on Sunday.

(Every now and then Pakistan keeps disturbing India, creates nuisance, promotes terrorism and such incidents keep recurring.)

"Terrorism has no boundaries. India has been troubled by it for the last 40 years. So many innocent people have died and what did those associated with terrorism gain and what have they given to the world... Terrorism has no values, no principles, no traditions and it has only one motive and that is enmity against humanity," he said.

He invited Bangladesh to join hands with India to counter terrorism and create peace, while he spoke at the Bangabandhu International Convention Center in Dhaka before his departure on June 7.

"If we had a diabolic mindset, we do not know what decision we would have taken," he said, reminding the students of how India had intervened in Bangladesh's 1971 liberation war.

Modi's two day visit to Bangladesh reaffirmed the two countries "unequivocal and uncompromising position against extremism and terrorism in all forms and manifestations" declaration.

This land swap declaration also ensured that the thousands of people living near the Bangladeshi and Indian borders will be allowed to choose their nationality.

They agreed upon sharing classified information relating to any terrorist or threatening activities along the adjoining borders.

Additionally, Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in collaboration with PM Modi also inaugurated a convenient bus service along the border.

Previously, Indian Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, in a shocking and radical statement, had asserted that terrorists have to be neutralised only through terrorists.

“India will take proactive steps to prevent a 26/11 type attack,” Press Trust of India had quoted him saying.

The adviser to the prime minister on national security and foreign affairs, Sartaj Aziz had expressed serious concern over the statement made by the Indian defence minister that India will use terrorism to counter terrorism from other countries.

Read: Pakistan decries India's admission of involvement in cross-border terrorism

“It must be the first time that a minister of an elected government openly advocates use of terrorism in another country on the pretext of preventing terrorism from that country or its non-state actors,” the national security advise had said.

Defence Minister Khawaja Asif had said that his Indian counterpart’s statement about sponsoring terrorism to counter terrorism had confirmed “our assertions of Indian involvement in terrorist activities on Pakistani soil”.

He had said that Parrikar's statement was a blatant admission of sponsoring terrorism in Pakistan.

Also read: Khawaja Asif slams Indian minister’s statement of ‘sponsoring terrorism to counter terrorism’

“This is the worst kind of declaration by a state functionary of cabinet level which confirms that India is sponsoring terrorism against its neighbours in the name of preventing terrorist activities,” the minister said had in a statement.

Last week, Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif said that contours of future wars are fast changing.

"While our enemies supporting terrorism to stoke sub-conventional conflicts and destabilise our country, we are fully determined, capable of defeating nefarious designs," the army chief had said.

"Pakistan is opposed to the use of proxies against other countries and won't allow any country to use proxies versus Pakistan," he added.

Know more: Pakistan and Kashmir are inseparable: General Raheel Sharif

General Raheel's statement follows a flurry of similar assertions that India is involved in stoking terrorism in Pakistan. In recent weeks, the military and civilian leadership have expressed serious concerns of India's "nefarious designs", with top government officials saying India is attempting to sabotage Pakistan's historic $46 billion agreement with China.

The Pakistan Army last month asserted that Indian spy agency Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) is involved in terrorism in Pakistan.

Read more: Senate body adopts resolution against Indian defence minister statement

Taking strong exception to the statement made by the Indian defence minister about sponsoring terrorism to counter terrorism, the Senate's Standing Committee on Defence last month adopted a condemnation resolution.

The committee had said the statement is an "open confession" of the Indian government pursuing the policy of state terrorism.

The resolution said the statement has serious implications for India's neighbours, and endangers peace and stability in South Asia.

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