In his address following the Uri terror attack, Prime Minister Narendra Modi smartly threw a challenge to his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif. “Let’s see who wins? Who is able to defeat poverty and illiteracy first, Pakistan or India?” Modi thundered last month. Today, the Pakistani Prime Minister addressed a joint session of the Parliament in which he responded to Modi’s remarks. And did he accept the challenge?
Sharif said, “If they (Indian leaders) want us to fight them to end poverty, then they should realise that poverty cannot be eradicated by driving tanks on farmlands.”
With those words the Pakistani PM attempted to throw the ball in India’s court and hide its economic incapability at the same time.
The rest of his address was full of accusations against India and praise for Kashmiri terrorists and their sympathisers.
In fact, Sharif again praised Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist addressing him as a martyr. “The death of Burhan Wani, son of the Kashmiri soil, had reminded India to give Kashmiris their right to self-determination,” Sharif said. Sharif harped on the Kashmir issue and accused India of violating the ceasefire agreement.