‘Let’s fight the fight against poverty, let’s see who wins’, strong message from Prime Minister to Pakistan
- Prime Minister Modi, to the people of Pak, said their leaders were exporting global terrorism
- He said India will not forget Uri and the soldiers’ sacrifice will not go in vain
- PM addresses party workers at BJP National Council meeting in Kerala
Prime Minister Narendra Modi said he was addressing the people of Pakistan directly by sending a strong message against the country’s “export of terrorism”, vowing that “India will never forget Uri’s attack “.
In his first public speech since four terrorists snuck into a military camp in Uri, Jammu and Kashmir and killed 18 soldiers, Prime Minister Modi said, “I mean to the Pakistani people. We are ready to fight you. If you have the courage. Come, we will fight against poverty in our country and you will fight in yours. Let’s see who will eradicate poverty first. Let us fight to eradicate unemployment. “
But he also warned: “The sacrifice of our 18 soldiers will not be forgotten. We will ensure that the international community works to isolate you.”
India, the prime minister said, would not give in to terror. “110 terrorists have been killed by the Indian army … terrorists have tried to strike 17 times recently, they succeeded in one incident,” he said.
The two nations, the prime minister said, have gained independence, but “India exports software, you export terror.” The world expected little from Pakistani leaders, who “read speeches written by terrorists,” said Prime Minister Modi, speaking to party workers at a BJP meeting in Kozhikode, Kerala.
Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif alleged India hastily blamed her for Uri’s attack without investigation. But investigators found that the weapons and food recovered from the four terrorists who died in Uri bore Pakistani markings. Relations between the two countries have collapsed since the unrest in Kashmir began after the death of terrorist Burhan Wani in July. India accused Pakistan of provoking and fueling violent clashes that left 87 dead and more than 10,000 injured.
A political resolution that is expected to be adopted at the BJP meeting in which the prime minister is attending, will likely include the situation in Kashmir and the attack on Uri.