Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that India is not working to isolate any nation, nor does the country’s foreign policy revolve around Pakistan.
In an interview with Times Now news channel, the Indian premier said that the suggestion that the country’s foreign policy revolves around Pakistan is a “grave injustice”.
Instead, he clarified, the policy is “based in the context of India and its relations with the world”, Times of India quoted the PM. “It is issue-based. Our foreign policy is not based around [any] one nation and it shouldn’t be.”
Noting that the world was uniting against terrorism, Modi said he would “welcome and praise” those who take steps against terrorism.
He likened the fight against terror to a fight to save humanity.
In the recent days, US and India have increased pressure on Pakistan to take action against terrorists. Amid talks of an emerging US-India-Israel nexus, Washington has accused Islamabad of offering safe havens to terrorists.
Last week, India and US urged Pakistan to prosecute Hafiz Saeed, as Washington endorsed New Delhi’s stance on the Jamaatud Dawa chief.
“If somebody is designated [a] global terrorist, it’s done based on [a] lot of evidence available in public domain,” Indian Ministry of External Affairs had said.
“You can close your eyes, pretend nothing happened but they (Pakistan) have to realise what’s in front of them and take action against such people,” the ministry’s spokesperson had added.
During the interview on Sunday, Modi invited Pakistan to join hands with India in the fight against poverty and disease.
“If we fight together, we will win faster,” the Indian premier was quoted as saying.
Modi was also asked about “terror” in Kashmir and the appointment of an interlocutor to initiate dialogue with all stakeholders in the region.
He said: “Dialogue does take place with every citizen of India, and it will continue to take place.”
He added that his government would continue to support “those who believe in the constitution of India and for those who live and die for the nation”.