In a stern message to Pakistan, Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has warned the neighbouring country, saying, “if Pakistan kills Indians, there is a cost they will pay.” The senior BJP leader asserted that the central government has a “new normal” in dealing with Pakistan, a report said. “Pakistan should know the times have changed, we have suffered enough in silence, we won’t any more,” he said while underlining India’s intentions. Tension between the two countries escalated after Uri Attacks and subsequent surgical strikes carried out by Indian army across LoC in PoK. Eight civilians, including two children and women, were killed in Jammu and Kashmir.
The Border Security Force had said that in recent weeks, it has killed about 20 Pakistani soldiers in retaliatory firing.
Earlier, Jaitely had accused Pakistan of using terrorism as an “instrument of state policy”. Flaying Nawaz Sharif government, he had said ‘Brand Pakistan’ “really identifies with global terror” as every major terrorist incident in the world has a “Pakistani footprint” around it. Jaitley, leading the Indian delegation to the IMF and World Bank meetings here, also said Pakistan has a “very low credibility” in terms of the way it deals with matters involving terrorism.
He also added that the pull out by a number of nations out of the 19th SAARC Summit, which was scheduled to take place in Islamabad, show Pakistan is being isolated in the region.
“The fact that almost everybody said that we won’t attend the SAARC Summit speaks of the isolation in the region. Ultimately, if you use terrorism as an instrument of state policy, and every terrorist incident – a major terrorist incident anywhere in the world, has Pakistani footprint around it, then Brand Pakistan really identifies itself with global terror,” he had said.