A day after Narendra Modi invited Pakistan to compete in eradicating poverty, unemployment and illiteracy, the main opposition party in India advised on Sunday the prime minister to put his own house in order first.
“Modi ji, instead of giving suggestions to Pakistan should instead focus on what is happening in his country. Modi ji should solve the Kashmir issue; no proper development is visible, the people are unemployed," Congress leader Meem Afzal said while echoing the sentiments of former Utter Pradesh chief minister Mayawati.
"He had promised 10o million jobs in five years… I think he didn’t even give 50,000 jobs to the people. So, I am of the view that whatever suggestions he is giving to Pakistan, he should himself ponder over it and focus on action against Pakistan,” Indian news wire service, ANI, quoted the Congress leader as saying.
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Another Congress leader Manish Tiwari said: “Instead of giving befitting reply to Pakistan, the prime minister started advising Pakistan people. It seems he’s going to contest next elections in Pakistan.”
Instead of giving befitting reply to Pak, PM started advising Pak ppl. Seems he's going to contest next elections in Pak: Manish Tiwari,Cong pic.twitter.com/hGfKcDPB9p— ANI (@ANI) September 25, 2016
The former UP CM, Mayawati, had earlier urged Modi not to divert public attention post Uri attack in the Indian-occupied Kashmir (IOK) and devise a long-term solution to tackle such problems. “The nation expects the prime minister to take stringent steps post Uri attack so that such incidents do no occur again,” Mayawati said.
On September 18, 18 Indian military personnel were killed when four commando-style gunmen burst into the brigade headquarters near the Line of Control (LoC) in Uri sector. The assault was among the deadliest in held Kashmir and had sharply ratcheted up tension between the two nuclear-armed rivals.
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Taking a jibe at the Indian premier over his reference to Pakistan, the former CM said Modi, before advising Islamabad, should introspect as to what his government has done for the people of India.
Pakistan and India have been at odds since July 8 when a populist Kashmiri rebel leader Burhan Muzaffar Wani was killed by Indian forces. At least 100 demonstrators have so far been killed due to Indian military’s indiscriminate use of force against Kashmiris.
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