Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s remarks during an address at a Dubai stadium and a joint statement issued at the end of his two-day tour of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) were seen as a veiled message for Pakistan, which India accuses of backing terrorist groups.
“We (India and the UAE) have spoken in one voice against terrorism,” Modi said without naming Pakistan. “Those who can understand will understand ...We are victims of terrorism for 40 years. Many innocent people have lost their lives,” he said. “Those who indulge in terrorism must be punished. That is the message resonating here today,” he said and emphasised that the era when the nomenclature of “good and bad terrorism” was acceptable was over.
“Good terrorist, bad terrorist, good Taliban, bad Taliban, this won’t work. A decision has to be taken: Are you with terrorism or humanity?” Modi said during his hour-long speech.
This will help India corner fugitives such as Dawood Ibrahim, who is believed to be holed up in Pakistan and owns properties in the UAE.
Modi’s comments came days ahead of talks between the National Security Advisors of India and Pakistan on terrorism-related issues in New Delhi on August 23.
India is likely to present a dossier of evidence of Pakistan’s involvement in recent militant attacks during the meeting.
Mohammad Naveed, a Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorist arrested during a deadly attack at Udhampur in Jammu and Kashmir, has told investigators he belongs to Faisalabad city in Pakistan’s Punjab province.
Pakistan has rejected India’s charges regarding recent terror attacks and sought more information.