Will engage with Pakistan for peace: Modi

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

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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Reader Comments (14)

  • BigFact
    Jun 28, 2016 - 12:41AM

    This is precisely the double-faced hypocrisy that Modi is famous for.
    Mr Modi, there is no need at all to engage Pakistan. Your earlier attempt was caught red-handed and you have abandoned him to rot in our jails. No more, we say.
    Stop focusing on Pakistan, while your own poor people are dying of neglect as they lack even drinking water and toilets. Please concentrate on your own country. Gimmicks time is over.Recommend

  • Indian Muslim
    Jun 28, 2016 - 12:44AM

    Indian forces will respond to Pakistan?
    We have seen that during the last year border clashes. 56 inch chest reduced to 28 inch. BJP leaders should stop boasting and help the Indian nation with its genuine issues. Hate is fail. Recommend

  • Chaudhry
    Jun 28, 2016 - 12:58AM

    hahaha…Clever Modi, very clever. Modi plays that typical “teeli laganay wali masi” role. Acts so innocent. It’s best that both countries resolve the damn issues without stabbing each others back. Pakistan has it’s own internal mess to clear and India’s trying to cash in on that. A peaceful neighbor is of more significance to Pakistan so enough with the “We’re so innocent” actRecommend

  • Fawad
    Jun 28, 2016 - 1:57AM

    He is great leader and statesman. India is lucky that since the beginning it got many great leader with vision. Every statement here shows clear thought process and willingness to achieve something for country.Recommend

  • NDA
    Jun 28, 2016 - 2:12AM

    No, engagement is not issue, a resolve to settle disputes through dialogue is what is required. After every difficult spell, India announces resumption of ”talks’ but only to buy time or get out of difficult situation. This time it is NSG membership.

    Pakistan and China should not lower their guards. Recommend

  • kam
    Jun 28, 2016 - 2:27AM

    India had used Mumbai attacks and other incidents as a fence around Kashmir dispute. After capture of Kalbushan that fence is destroyed. you cant seek justice after revenge. Its a great achievement of establishment that India is now talking about some “laxman rekha” about talks. And notion that who we talk to in Pakistan is not going to stand as Modi himself admitted that Indian forces have free hand so they are as unaccountable as khakis this side of border. Anyways peace must prevail.Recommend

  • Bairooni Haath
    Jun 28, 2016 - 3:34AM

    We should first talk about talks.Recommend

  • Satsuma
    Jun 28, 2016 - 3:47AM

    Whom are you making fool of Mr. Modi?Recommend

  • Romm
    Jun 28, 2016 - 3:47AM

    Damage control After NSG Debacle. Recommend

  • Singh
    Jun 28, 2016 - 7:36AM

    @Indian Muslim:
    Goggle news or search on youtube first, news of that time. Who was screaming for help. You will get your answer.Recommend

  • mirestan
    Jun 28, 2016 - 8:05AM

    Kashmir first than any peace talk. Recommend

  • ghazal
    Jun 28, 2016 - 8:13AM

    Do not know what is the perception on your side. but in India mainly and other countries in general, peace between India and pakistan will never be permanent till pakistan army has no other option. temporary peace always came when pakistani army dictators were force to do it( ayaub -1965, zia-1988, musharaf , pl read mr kasuri’s book). after all Pakistani army is single most important stake holder be it political, social or economic .Recommend

  • NDA
    Jun 28, 2016 - 12:07PM


    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. Recommend

  • BlackHat
    Jul 6, 2016 - 11:08AM

    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!Recommend

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