NEW DELHI: Indian Prime Minister Narindera Modi has claimed that India is now capable of making Pakistan “bite the dust” in less than 10 days in any new war with its arch-rival, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said.
The nuclear-armed neighbours have fought three wars and last February came close to a fourth with tit-for-tat airstrikes sparked by an attack on CRPF soldiers in Kashmir’s Pulwama.
“Pakistan has already lost three wars. Our armed forces will not take more than 7-10 days to make Pakistan bite the dust,” PM Modi told military personnel on Tuesday.
He said the surgical strike in 2016 and air strike on a terror camp in Balakot last year were evidence of this. “This is ‘youthful thinking’. We carry out surgical strikes and take on terrorists in their homes,” PM Modi said.
Modi said Pakistan continues to wage a “proxy war” against India by backing terrorists in Kashmir. Speaking at the National Cadet Corps (NCC) rally here, Modi said Pakistan has waged a proxy war against India in Jammu and Kashmir for decades and killed thousands of people and security personnel but previous governments did not give the armed forces the permission to launch operations across the border.
“Many speeches were given but when our armed forces sought permission to take action, they were refused. But today the country is moving forward with ‘yuva soch’ (youthful thinking). So, it carries out surgical strikes and airstrikes to teach terrorists a lesson in their own backyard,” the PM said during his 45-minute speech.
Pakistan on Wednesday condemned Narendra Modi’s statement of defeating Islamabad in a span of seven to ten days in military combat saying that it was ‘rhetoric’.
“Pakistan categorically condemns Modi’s violent and irresponsible statement,” said the Foreign Office spokesperson Aisha Farooqui , adding that the Modi-led government “is facing severe criticisim over its policies in the annexed Kashmir.” The spokesperson maintained that the Indian PM’s statement would further escalate tensions in the region.