Taking the issue of terrorism head on, Prime Minister Narendra Modi called for the “decisive battle” against terrorism. Addressing a large gathering of Indians in Dubai during his two-day visit to UAE on Monday, Prime Minister asked the “neighbouring” countries to choose if they are with sponsors of the menace or against them.
“I keep telling all neighbouring countries that like all people who have chosen the path of violence will have to come to the dialogue table at some point of time, similarly dialogue is the only way to resolve issues,” PM Modi said.
“Samajnewale samajh jayenge. Akalmand ko ishara kaafi hai (Those who need to understand will get the message. Signal is enough for them.),” he said without naming any country in particular.
Incidentally, Prime Minister’s reference over the issue of terror has come just a week ahead of the NSA-level talks with Pakistan slated to be held on August 23.
Emphasising that India has been a victim of terrorism for last 40 years, PM Modi added, “terrorism does not have any boundary… Everyone will have to decide whether they are with terrorism or against it”.
Talking on the specifics, he said false distinction between good terrorism and bad terrorism will not work and action must be taken against all those involved in perpetrating violence.
“Good Taliban, bad Taliban. Good terror, bad terror…This won’t work. Time has come now for a decisive battle between those supporting terrorism and those believing in humanity,” the Prime Minister said during his near 70 minutes address to the Indian diaspora in the gulf country.
PM Modi also took on Pakistan obliquely, while referring to the priority area of boosting intra-SAARC connectivity on the pattern of European Union.
“Should we stop because some people had problem. Let them stay where they are. We are moving ahead. India, Nepal, Bhutan and Bangladesh have signed a pact for building connectivity. It is a major decision which will have implication in the long run,” said Modi.
The Prime Minister also added that India will next year launch a SAARC satellite which will provide free services to SAARC countries, meant for common people.
Hailing the Indian diaspora, he recalled that the NRIs had overwhelmingly responded to Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s call for contributions when the sanctions were imposed on India in the wake of nuclear tests in 1998.
With the address, PM Narendra Modi wrapped up his two day visit of UAE.
(With inputs from the PTI)