On Monday, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi assured that the world has seen that India is not reluctant to engage with Pakistan because of his diplomatic attempts. He added that the world is acknowledging India’s attitude towards Pakistan.
During an interview with a news channel in India, the Prime Minister said, “Our approach has created difficulties for Pakistan, and they find it hard to respond on the matter in the international community.”
The Indian PM also asserted that there are “different types of forces operating in Pakistan”, and asked rhetorically if one has to “draw a line or set conditions for dialogue, will it be with the elected government or other actors?”
“The government (of India) only engages with a democratically elected system and that effort is continuing with India’s supreme objective being bringing peace and putting the country’s interests first.” He said.
Modi, when queried about the India’s strengthening ties with the US in Pakistan’s framework, replied, “Indian relations with the US are based on India’s own interests and Pakistan context is different and not comparable”.
He then added, “I would especially like to appeal to my country’s media that we should stop looking at everything in India from the prism of Pakistan. It has been our biggest shortcoming and our mistake that we have been tagging ourselves with another country.”
Modi held that India does look forward to establishing pleasant ties with Pakistan; however it will not forego its interests for the relationship.
“That is the reason my country’s soldiers have full freedom to answer back in whatever manner they have to and they will keep doing that,” said the Indian prime minister.
Modi also stated he was the reason the world listened to what India had to say about terrorism. He said that the world had disregarded India’s take on terrorism as India’s law and order problem but “today the world has to accept what India has been saying about terrorism”.
Relaxing his tone, the Indian PM said, “India has to fight poverty, so does Pakistan. Why don’t we come together to fight poverty?”