Kozhikode | Modi held Pakistan directly responsible for the Uri attack saying the country exported terrorists there due to which 18 soldiers sacrificed their lives.
The Prime Minister said there is one nation in Asia whose aim is to spread terrorism and is working towards ensuring that the 21st century does not belong to Asia.
“Every nation is holding only one country responsible for terrorism. Only one country in Asia is safe haven for terrorists. This is the only country engaged in exporting terror across the world.
“Be it Afghanistan, Bangladesh or other nations, we have seen whenever the news of terror incidents comes, terrorists have either gone from this country (Pakistan) or have settled there after committing the crime,” he said.
The Prime Minister said India had never bowed to terror and will never do so in future and will strive to defeat it.
“Across the world wherever a terror incident happens you will find that either terrorists had gone from there (Pakistan) or have settled there after committing the crime like Osama bin Laden,” Modi said, referring to the al Qaeda leader.
He said every country is holding one nation responsible for terrorism as only that country in Asia is a safe haven for terrorists.
“This is the only country engaged in exporting terror across the world,” he said.
Modi said there were 17 attempts by fidayen attackers sent by the neighbouring country which have been defeated by brave Indian soldiers who have neutralised over 110 terrorists which is the highest in recent years.
“Terrorism is the enemy of humanity. Humanitarians all over the world have to unite and condemn terror,” he said.
With terror attacks sparking security concerns in the country, Modi assured countrymen that India was safe and 125 crore people took pride in the valour and bravery of its soldiers and security personnel.
“Our soldiers have saved the country from these potentially devastating incidents. The 125 crore people of India are proud of our soldiers, their valour and sacrifices.
“The neighbouring country succeeded in one attempt and killed our 18 soldiers. You can imagine how much of destruction would have been caused across the country had it succeeded in 17 others,” he said.
“Arms are just toys for soldiers and their real strength is the morale of the country,” he said, adding the country’s morale is high.
Acknowledging that there is an atmosphere of anger in the country over the attack, Modi accused the “rulers” in Pakistan of reading out the scripts written by patrons of terrorists, an apparent reference to its Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s speech at the United Nations.
Modi also reached out to the people of Pakistan and asked them to question their government as to why it keeps talking about Kashmir and misleads them when it cannot handle PoK, Baluchistan and Gilgit and recalled how it could not handle Bangladesh, which was once its part.
“The leaders of the neighbouring country who read out scripts written by terrorists are singing the Kashmir song.
Today from here, I want to talk to people of Pakistan directly. I want to remind them that before 1947, your forefathers had saluted this land,” he said.
“Pakistan’s public should ask its leaders as to why despite getting Independence together what is the reason India exports software and Pakistan exports terrorism.” Lashing out at the neighbouring country, Modi said its leaders used to say that they will fight for 1000 years with India and wondered where they were now.
“I accept this challenge. I want to tell you that India wants to fight with Pakistan. If you have the courage then why not fight to end poverty, unemployment, illiteracy. Let us see which country wins, India or Pakistan,” he said.
He said his government will strive hard to end poverty and make India prosperous as envisioned by Jan Sangh founder Deen Dayal Upadhyay whose centenary celebration starts tomorrow.