PM warns Pak against proxy war of terrorism
PM warns Pak against proxy war of terrorism, In a strong attack on Pakistan, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday accused it of continuing proxy war of terrorism against India, saying it has lost the strength to fight a conventional war.
- We are losing troops more to terrorism than war
- Visits Kargil where he promises rehabilitation of Kashmiri Pandits
Leh/Kargil: In a strong attack on Pakistan, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday accused it of continuing proxy war of terrorism against India, saying it has lost the strength to fight a conventional war. "The neighbouring country has lost the strength to fight a conventional war, but continues to engage in the proxy war of terrorism," he said, addressing troops of Army and the Indian Air Force on his maiden trip to Leh and Ladakh.
This is the first sharp attack on Pakistan by Modi after assuming office over two months back and comes in the midst of his peace initiatives. Modi had invited Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and other SAARC leaders for his swearing-in on May 26.
His remarks came close on the heels of India's mounting concerns over repeated ceasefire violations by Pakistan and increasing number of militant attacks in Kashmir, the latest carried out last night on a BSF convoy at Pampore in South Kashmir's Pulwama district, leaving eight personnel including an officer injured.
The Prime Minister said the Indian armed forces were suffering more casualties from terrorism than from war. Noting that this is a global problem, the Prime Minister said all humanitarian forces of the world should unite to fight it. India is committed to strengthening and uniting these humanitarian forces," he said.
The Prime Minister later flew to Kargil where he held out the assurance that his government was committed to the welfare of displaced Kashmiri Pandits, refugees from West Pakistan and kin of those killed in terrorist violence. He also inaugurated the 44 mw Chutak hydro-power project.
Modi is the first Prime Minister to visit the sensitive Kargil region since the conflict in 1999 following Pakistan army's incursion. India and Pakistan had agreed to a ceasefire in 2003. But despite the truce, firing along the Line of Control has escalated in the last few months.