On AFSPA, PM Modi says, 'Shouldn't our security forces have safety net?'

  • On AFSPA, PM Modi says, 'Shouldn't our security forces have safety net?'

On AFSPA, PM Modi says, 'Shouldn't our security forces have safety net?'

"They raise doubts on IAF strikes", he said, adding, "For the Congress, the Army is only a way of earning money".

The prime minister told an election rally that an air strike inside Pakistan in February had shown that warnings hostilities could escalate into nuclear conflict were false.

"Those days are gone when India would give in to threats".

Modi renewed his warning to Pakistan that "his new India" is capable of "eliminating terrorists in their homes".

Prime Minister Narendra Modi while speaking at a rally in Kathua district of Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday said that Congress had been "infected with germs" as the party's manifesto promise that AFSPA will be removed from the state if they come to power.

"The Congress never trusts valour of the Indian Armed Force". In 2019 Modi ji says "we have to rid J&K of these two political families".

"The people of J&K are not the slaves of the Abdullahs and the Muftis whose three generations have ruled this state". "They may keep abusing me but they will not succeed in dividing this country".

PM Modi further lashed out at the Congress and its regional allies PDP and NC for forging an opportunist alliance that stands against the interests of the country and said, "The recent statements given by one of Congress' allies here asking for a separate Prime Minister for Jammu and Kashmir reveals how this alliance goes against our country. That commitment made by Bharatiya Jana Sangh founder Shyama Prasad Mookerjee is our firm resolve", news agency PTI quoted him as saying.

PM Modi was all praises for the people of Jammu and Baramulla for turning out to vote in large numbers in the first phase of Lok Sabha elections and said, "The huge voting percentages coming out from Jammu and Kashmir reiterated the fact that the people here want to strengthen the democratic structure in the state".

Opposition parties accuse Modi of exploiting turbulence in Kashmir to woo Hindu voters in the election. The suicide bombing was claimed by a Pakistan-based group however.

Pakistan responded by sending its warplanes toward Indian airspace, leading to a dogfight and the downing of an Indian jet.

India has long accused Pakistan of supporting militants in Kashmir, a charge its neighbour denies.