‘Recall what happened in 1971’: Vice Presidential Nominee Venkaiah Naidu’s Warning to Pakistan

Venkaiah Naidu

“Our neighbor should understand that aiding and abetting terror will not help them, they should recall what happened in 1971,” the former Union Minister was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.

New Delhi, July 23: NDA’s vice presidential nominee Venkaiah naidu sent a tough message to Pakistan, while addressing the gathering at the ‘Kargil Parakram Parade’ here in the national capital. Naidu said Pakistan should “recall what happened in 1971” while using terrorism as a state policy against India.

India’s victory in the 1971 war for Bangladesh’s liberation should deter Pakistan from “supporting its non-state actors and terror groups” who want to create disturbance in Kashmir, Naidu remarked.

“Our neighbour should understand that aiding and abetting terror will not help them, they should recall what happened in 1971,” the former Union Minister was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.

Naidu accused Pakistan of not only providing safe haven to anti-India terror groups, but also providing them financial and logistical assistance. “Terrorism is the enemy of humanity, it has no religion. Pakistan is mixing terrorism with religion. It has unfortunately become Pakistan’s state policy,” he added.

Naidu’s remarks against Islamabad comes amid the ongoing tensions prevailing between the two nations along the Line of Control. In the month of July so far, 22 instances of ceasefire violation have been recorded from the Pakistani side. In the unprovoked cross-border firings, nine Indian soldiers and three civilians were killed.

The Indian DGMO Lt. Gen. A K Bhatt, on Thursday, dialled his Pakistani counterpart Maj. Gen. Sahir Shamshad Mirza , registering his complaint against the targeting of civilians, including schoolchildren in the border regions. “Firing at children and civilians does not behove any professional Army,” Lt Gen Bhatt reportedly said on the phone line.

According to Naidu, Pakistan is solely responsible for the turbulence at the border. “India has always been a peace-loving country. We have never shown aggression against anyone. But if someone tries to deny us peace, then we are capable to respond. Our soldiers are the border are mandated to respond in a befitting manner,” he added.

Naidu, who was serving as the Minister for Information & Broadcasting and Urban Poverty Alleviation, was nominated last week by the NDA as their candidate for Vice President’s post. The election would be held on August 5.

Source: INDIA

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