PM Modi said, 'We are not against the people of Pakistan. We are against terrorism. I had congratulated the Pakistan PM when he was elected, but told him, 'Pakistan's terrorism hasn't been able to stall India's progress.''
New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that if Pakistan is interested in peace, it should shun terrorism and return the criminals whose list India had sent them. That is India's only demand; it does not really matter whether Indian films are watched in Pakistan.
"Whenever terrorist attacks have happened, I have talked to Pakistan. Every time Pakistan has assured of action," the Prime Minister said in an interview to Republic Bharat.
Modi said that after the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack, India had all relevant details about the perpetrators to Pakistan, but Pakistan is yet to take action.
"We are not against the people of Pakistan. We are against terrorism. I had congratulated the Pakistan PM when he was elected, but told him, 'Pakistan's terrorism hasn't been able to stall India's progress. India has become one of the fastest growing economies, we are getting more powerful. What has Pakistan gained? So let's sit and work to remove poverty. Shun terrorism. That's our only demand. We are okay with you not watching our films,'" Modi said.
The Prime Minister, however, stopped short of revealing details of India's future course of action in dealing with Pakistan, and understandably so.
In an interview earlier this year, Modi said, "Ek ladai se Pakistan sudhar jayega, yeh sochna bohot badi galti hogi. Pakistan ko sudharne mein abhi aur samay lagega (It would be a big mistake to think that one battle would be enough to teach Pakistan a lesson. It will take time)."
The Prime Minister said in that interview that India, whether under the UPA or NDA, has never opposed dialogue. It has been India's consistent policy.
"We have agreed to talk to Pakistan on all issues. India is on a strong ground. We just say, 'bomb, banduk mein baatcheet sunayi nahi deti (dialogue can't be heard under the shadow of guns and bombs). Terrorism should stop. We have been stressing on this point again and again," Modi had said.
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