Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Wednesday that Pakistan’s generals were scared to come on the phone when India wanted to inform them about the “surgical strikes” across the Line of Control on 29 September 2016, reports said.
At an event organised at the Central Hall Westminster in downtown London and moderated by lyricist and Central Board of Film Certification chairman Prasoon Joshi, Modi, when asked about the surgical strikes by a member of the audience, said that India had first informed Pakistan about the strikes and then the media in India.
“I said before India gets to know, we should call Pakistan and tell them what we did so they can come and take their bodies if they have time. We were calling them since 11 am but they were scared to come on phone, at 12 (noon) we spoke to them and then told the Indian media,” he told the gathering to a round of applause.
“This is Modi…he knows how to reply in the same language”, he said, several times invoking himself in the third person as he reiterated that India would not tolerate those who export terror.
“Those who like exporting terror, I want to tell them that India has changed and their antics will not be tolerated…We believe in peace. But we will not tolerate those who like to export terror. We will give back strong answers and in the language they understand. Terrorism will never be accepted,” he said.
When he was asked about the growing impatience among the Indian public, he said, “Impatience is not a bad thing. If a person has a cycle, a person then aspires for a scooter. If a person has a scooter, person aspires for a four-wheeler. It is natural to aspire. India is getting increasingly aspirational…People have more expectations from us because they know that we can deliver. People know that when they say something, the Government will listen and do it.”
In the more than two-hour event, promoted and streamed on Narendra Modi app live, he reiterated the “onus on sons” and “not daughters” about the “sin” of rape recalling his first Independence Day address as PM.
Interestingly, British PM Theresa May did not hold the customary joint press conference with Modi after their bilateral meeting unlike former PM David Cameron in November 2015.