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Pakistan Rakes up Rafale, Says India Cancelled Talks to Bail PM Modi by Diverting Attention

Pakistan’s Minister for Information and Broadcasting Fawad Chaudhry said that Indian Army’s call to ‘give a befitting reply to Islamabad’ and India’s decision to call off talks with Pakistan is an attempt to ‘divert’ people’s attention from the ‘mega corruption scandal’ and the calls for resignation of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

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Updated:September 23, 2018, 9:18 AM IST
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Pakistan Rakes up Rafale, Says India Cancelled Talks to Bail PM Modi by Diverting Attention
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New Delhi: The debate over ‘corruption’ in Rafale deal has picked up pace again with former French President Francois Hollande’s recent claim. After Rahul Gandhi’s blistering attack on PM Modi, Pakistan has now latched onto the issue to attack the Indian government.

Pakistan’s Minister for Information and Broadcasting Fawad Chaudhry said that Indian Army’s call to ‘give a befitting reply to Islamabad’ and India’s decision to call off talks with Pakistan is an attempt to ‘divert’ people’s attention from the ‘mega corruption scandal’ and the calls for resignation of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

His statement came after Army chief Bipin Chandra Rawat said that ‘it is time’ that ‘barbarism’ being propagated by the Pakistan army and the terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir is given a befitting reply.

The remark triggered a debate in the neighbouring country with Pakistan army saying that they are ready for a war. However, director general of Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Major General Asif Ghafoor added that Islamabad would still choose to ‘walk the path of peace’ in the interest of its country, neighbours and the region.

Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan had called India ‘arrogant and negative’ after the cancellation of meeting between the Pakistani and Indian foreign ministers on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), citing the brutal killing of three SPOs in J&K by Pakistani terrorists and the release of stamps glorifying slain terrorist Burhan Wani.

The comment drew sharp reaction from the Army with General Rawat saying, “We need to take stern action to avenge the kind of barbarism that terrorists and the Pakistan Army have been carrying out against our soldiers. It is time to give it back to them in the same coin but not by resorting to similar kind of barbarism. I think the other side must also feel the same pain.”

Pakistani newspaper 'Dawn' further quoted Chaudhry as saying that 'Indian army chief needs to understand that he is not a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader'. "The world stands witness to who wants war and who wants peace. As a peace-loving nation, Pakistan desires peace [with India]," he added.

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| Edited by: Sumedha Kirti
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