LONDON: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has asserted that India will not tolerate those who like to export terror and will respond to them “in the language they understand”, as he referred to the 2016 surgical strikes conducted across the LoC.
The Prime Minister, during the ‘Bharat Ki Baat, Sabke Saath’ programme at the iconic Central Hall Westminster here, said when “someone has put a terror export factory in place and makes attempts to attack us from the back, Modi knows how to answer in the same language”.
Modi’s remarks came in response to a question on the surgical strikes by a member of the audience who had speech disability. The Prime Minister choked with emotion on seeing the speech impaired elderly man ask the question on the strikes with the help of a person, and lauded him for his strength and conviction.
In his reply, Modi said, “Those who like exporting terror, I want to tell them that India has changed and their antics will not be tolerated. “We believe in peace. But we will nottolerate those who like to export terror. We will give back strong answers and in the language they understand. Terrorism will never be accepted.” The Prime Minister asserted that he was proud of the Army as they executed the surgical strikes with perfection and were back after finishing the task before dawn.
Modi also narrated how India first informed Pakistan about the strikes and then told the media and the people about it. “I said before India gets to know, we should call Pakistan and tell them. We were calling them since 11 am but they were scared to come on phone, at 12 we spoke to them and then told the Indian media,” he said.
Amid a nationwide outrage over the Kathua and Unnao rape cases, Modi said “rape is rape” and should not be politicised. Modi said, “We always ask our daughters about what they are doing, where they are going. We must ask our sons too.” The person who is committing these crimesis also someone’s son, he said. “I have neverindulged in counting the number of rape incidents in this Government and that Government. Rape is rape, be it now or earlier. It is extremely sad. Don’t politicise rape incidents,” the Prime Minister said. The rape of a daughter is a matter of shame for the country, he said.
Modi’s remarks come in the backdrop of a nationwide outrage over the rape cases in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kathua and Uttar Pradesh’s Unnao.