Will engage with Pakistan for peace: Modi

We seek friendly relations but without compromising on our interests, says the Indian premier

News Desk June 27, 2016
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in an interview with Times Now correspondent Arnab Goswami. SCREEN GRAB

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that its government is undertaking efforts for peace with Pakistan. At the same time he said his forces at the borders have "full freedom to answer back" in whatever manner they have to.

“Look there are different types of forces operating in Pakistan. But the government only engages with a democratically elected system. Our effort for that engagement is continuing. But our supreme objective is peace,” he told Times Now in an interview.

“We seek friendly relations but without compromising on our interests… I have said that my country's soldiers have full freedom to answer back in whatever manner they have to and they will keep doing that.”



Modi was asked what is the 'lakshman rekha' or 'red line' for holding talks Pakistan because in 2014 it was said it will be only talks between the two countries and not with Hurriyat, the second was 26/11 and now Pathankot.

He said, "The first thing is that with whom in Pakistan you will decide about laxman rekha — with an elected government or with other actors. So India will have to be alert and conscious all the time. There should not be any laxity and negligence."

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The Indian premier went on to say because of his consistent efforts like the visit to Lahore or inviting Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to New Delhi that he no longer has to convince the world about India's stand on terrorism.

"The world in one voice is praising India's role. Pakistan is finding it difficult to answer. The world is watching. If we remain an obstacle then we will have to convince the world that we are not like this.”

Talking about the Indian government’s steps against terrorism, Modi said: "Earlier the world would not buy India's theory on terrorism and sometime it would even treat it as out law and order problem. Now the whole world is accepting what India says on terrorism.”

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BlackHat | 4 years ago | Reply | Recommend I agree with all those who believe Modi is not being truthful. But then, can he really come outright and say there'll be no talks? Dialogue will not happen in the near future, not only because there are powerful vested interests in derailing talks, but also because the world public opinion is bitterly against terrorism. That makes it convenient for India to evade talks as the country weakens more and more. While India is integrating rapidly with rest of the world, Pakistan is heading towards isolation. No country will make concessions or accommodate when the other is weak. That is the self-created trap!
NDA | 4 years ago | Reply | Recommend @ghazal: Pakistan military has responsibility to ensure defense and security of the country. It is a professional institution and knows its responsibilities and mandate. India is targeting Pak military to isolate and hurt it. But this has not happened and will neither happen. Keep trying.
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