PM Modi strikes Pakistan at G-20 summit. In remarks targeted at Pakistan, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that “one singe nation” is spreading “agents of terror” in South Asia.
The relationship between India and Pakistan has plummeted with July’s shooting in Kashmir of terrorist Burhan Wani, who was lionized by Islamabad as a martyr. Wani, one of the top commanders of terror group Hizbul Mujahideen was killed by security forces, inciting huge mob protests by civilians. 70 people have died and more than 10,000 left injured by the worst unrest in Kashmir in six years. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has indicted Pakistan without naming as “a single nation” spreading terror in South Asia.
In an intervention at the G20’s concluding session in Hangzhou, the PM said India expects “the international community to speak and act in unity and to respond with urgency to fight this menace.”
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“There are some nations that use it as an instrument of state policy,” he said. “Indeed one single nation in South Asia is spreading these agents of terror in countries of our region.” He added that those who are sponsoring terrorism and supporting it must be isolated and sanctioned rather than rewarded. He didn’t named any nation but it was a straight away strike on Pakistan.
The violence has been described by Pakistan as a “freedom movement in Kashmir” and India has accused Islamabad of funding the clashes as well as inciting them through the use of terrorists like Hafiz Saeed who move freely in Pakistan. Wani, who used social media to share photographs of him posing with weapons seized from security forces, had tapped into the growing anger in the Kashmir Valley against the state to emerge as a local icon, especially for young men. The G-20 summit brings the leaders of world’s top economies together in Hangzhou.