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Army Doesn't Speak, Its Shows Valour: Modi on Uri

Narendra Modi speech in Kozhikode

Unmoved by Pakistan's explanation, Mr Modi exhorted Pakistani people to "grill" their rulers, and said that though India was prepared to take up their rulers' challenge of a thousand-year war, he would want both countries to wage war on poverty and poor human development indices. He said that Pakistan also cooperated with India after Pathankot incident. "Let's see who eradicates poverty first".

"The Prime Minister believes only in rhetoric, we have seen and heard him saying these things during the 2014 Lok Sabha polls and are hearing it again". "You have Pakistan-occupied Kashmir". Earlier, East Pakistan, now Bangladesh, was with you, you could not manage that.

Another significant aspect of the PM's politically brilliant speech was the continuum he created with his Balochistan pitch on the Independence Day by reminding Pakistan of its internal strife in Sindh, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Gilgit-Baltistan as well as Balochistan before interfering in Kashmir.

Singh said the Prime Minister acknowledging the sacrifices of the soldiers, who were killed in the Uri terror attack, has strengthened the morale of the armed forces.

Talking to reporters after his arrival from NY, he rejected the Indian allegations on Uri attack as "irresponsible" and "without any evidence".

Speaking to ANI, Congress leader Meem Afzal said that the Prime Minister's attacking stance against Pakistan was quite similar to his words after the Pathankot attack, adding that he appreciated his words, which even though repetitive, have come at the right time.

He said there is strong support among nations for India's key focus that the greatest benefits of growth should go to those who need it most.

"Today, I want to speak to the people of Kashmir".

"We are failing miserably in our diplomatic efforts to isolate Pakistan in global forum", he added.

"So, I am of the view that whatever suggestions he is giving to Pakistan, he should himself ponder over it and focus on action against Pakistan", he added.

Zakaria said there are increasing demands for independent investigations and fact-finding missions to be sent to IHK. We need to join our hands to defeat terrorism.

"It is evident that, as an act of desperation, India is trying to distract world attention from the atrocities perpetrated" by its forces in Kashmir against "innocent and defenseless" Kashmiris, including children and women, the statement said.

Akbar made the remarks in response to Sharif's comments in London that the Uri attacks could be the result of the people's "reaction" to the tense situation in Kashmir.