Modi tells Pak to play its part in shunning terror
nation Updated: May 28, 2016 11:48 IST
WASHINGTON: Indo-Pak ties can “truly scale great heights” if Pakistan removes the “self-imposed” obstacle of terrorism, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said as he asked Islamabad to play its part by putting a complete stop to any kind of support to terrorism — “whether state or non-state”.
“In my view, our ties can truly scale great heights once Pakistan removes the self-imposed obstacle of terrorism in the path of our relationship. We are ready to take the first step, but the path to peace is a two-way street,” Modi told The Wall Street Journal, in comments posted on its website on Friday.
He said he has always maintained that instead of fighting with each other, India and Pakistan should together fight against poverty.
“Naturally we expect Pakistan to play its part. But, there can be no compromise on terrorism. It can only be stopped if all support to terrorism, whether state or non-state is completely stopped.
“Pakistan’s failure to take effective action in punishing the perpetrators of terror attacks limits the forward progress in our ties,” said Modi.
Modi said his government’s proactive agenda for a peaceful and prosperous neighbourhood began from the very first day of his government.
Ruling out a change in India’s decades-old policy of non-alignment, Modi said that despite the border dispute, there have been no clashes with China, pointing out the “new way” in today’s “interdependent world” unlike the last century.
“There is no reason to change India’s non-alignment policy that is a legacy and has been in place. But this is true that today, unlike before, India is not standing in a corner. It is the world’s largest democracy and fastest growing economy. We are acutely conscious of our responsibilities both in the region and internationally,” he said.