The Uri terror attack on Indian Army camp loomed large as the BJP National Executive met in Kozhikode amidst demands for tough action against Pakistan.
Addressing the public for the first time ever since Uri attacks took place, Prime Minister Narendra Modi gave a strong message to Pakistan blaming it for exporting terrorism across the globe and impeding economic progress in Asia.
“We often hear that 21st century will be the century of Asia. Every single country is striving to make 21st century the century of Asia except one. That one country is working to deny Asia this opportunity. It is conspiring to make Asia bloodied by using terrorism,” he said.
He said that only one country is exporting terrorism everywhere, be it Afghanistan, Bangladesh and rest of the world.
“In almost all the cases, the perpetrators of terror have links with only one country, like Osama bin Laden, who was found hiding there,” the prime minister said.
The prime minister emphasized that India has never bowed before terrorism and it will never do so.
PM Modi also addressed the people of Pakistan directly and said, “I want to have a straight dialogue with the people of Pakistan. World doesn’t have any expectation of the leaders, who read out scripts prepared by the terror lords.”
“The people of Pakistan must ask their leaders that you have PoK, but you can’t handle it, you had Bangladesh, you couldn’t handle it. You can’t handle Gilgit, Balochistan, Sindh and Pakhtun. People of Pakistan must ask their leaders to first handle the regions that they have under their control before talking about Kashmir,” he said.
“I want to tell you that your leadership is misleading you by telling you that they are prepared to fight with India for 1,000 years. We are ready to fight,” he said.
“People of Pakistan, we are ready to fight. Let’s fight poverty. Let’s see who finishes poverty first. I hope, people of Pakistan would accept this challenge. Youth of Pakistan, come and fight against unemployment. Let’s see who defeats unemployment first,” the prime minister said.
“I want to have a dialogue with children of Pakistan. Let’s wage a war against illiteracy. Let’s see who defeats illiteracy? Infant mortality and maternal mortality are common problems in India and Pakistan. Let’s wage a war against infant and maternal mortality. Let’s see who wins the war,” he pointed out.
He said the whole nation is “very proud” of the Indian armed forces, and issued a grim warning to the masterminds of the attack, and others who may be planning more attacks: “Leadership of Pakistan must listen. The sacrifice of our 18 soldiers will not go waste. India has succeeded in isolating you. We will make sure that you are left with no friends in world.”
“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 pointed out.