Pakistan rules out war, Narendra Modi says we have shut their mouth

Written by Express news service | New Delhi | Updated: Oct 11 2014, 18:56pm hrs
Narendra ModiPrime Minister Narendra Modi at an election campaign rally at Bramhapuri in Chandrapur district. (PTI)
Fighting along the India-Pakistan border paused Friday for the first time in nine days as Islamabad, seeking de-escalation, made a veiled reference to its nuclear capabilities and underlined that both countries are aware of each others capabilities, war is not an option... it is the shared responsibility of the leadership of both countries to immediately defuse the situation.

Hours before the Pakistani statement, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, speaking at an election rally in Dhamangaon in Maharashtra, took a tough line on the ceasefire violations: Pakistan has got a befitting lesson. They will not dare to repeat it. Our jawans have shut their mouth.

He also hit back at his detractors. The Congress is busy issuing statements over what is happening on the Pakistan border. This not the time for empty boli (talk) by them, but for goli (bullet) by our jawans. He said people who had to flee their homes near the border following Pakistani shelling would be adequately compensated by the Centre.

In Islamabad, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif chaired a meeting of the National Security Committee which said Pakistans earnest desire for normalising bilateral relations and defusing the situation at the LoC should not be seen as a sign of weakness. It is in fact a sign of maturity and sincerity.

The meeting was attended among others by chiefs of the three services and the ISI.

Warning that any attempt to challenge its territorial integrity and sovereignty will be responded with full force, the NSC hoped that both countries would respect the ceasefire agreement of 2003 and maintain peace.

Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said after the meeting that Pakistan would not accept Indian hegemony. Any attempt to challenge Pakistans territorial integrity and sovereignty will be responded with full force, the statement said.