In a bid to shift focus from the grave issue of rapes in India, Indian Prime minister Narendra Modi while talking to an event in London once again discussed the illusionary claim of India of a surgical strike of 2016 inside the border of Pakistan.
He was present in London to participate in commonwealth summit, and in an event arranged by Indian diaspora he recalled the surgical strikes, carried out in September 2016, to bring home the point that India will not tolerate those who like to “export terror” and will respond to them “in the language they understand”.
After the absurd claim of India, Modi’s government faced serious criticism as majority of the people and media persons believed that any surgical strike never happened. Back then, Pakistan strongly denied any such strike. Pakistan termed the alleged surgical strike as firing across the Line of Control, killing two soldiers and injuring nine. Even international media denied the claims of India and termed the there was no surgical strike and it was just the border violations.
After recent claim of Modi, forget about rest of the world, even in India media is terming Modi’s claim as a try to turn the focus away from a wave of protests in the country after recent rape cases in India. It is being debated that by bringing back years- old controversies regarding a surgical strike against Pakistan, Modi is trying to gain lost popularity as he is being blamed for bringing extremism and religious hatred in India.
The Foreign Office on Thursday rejected Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s latest assertion on the so-called surgical strike of September 2016 telling New Delhi that repeating lies did not make them true. FO spokesman Dr Muhammad Faisal said that constant repetition of a fallacious claim does not make it real. He said that the Indian claim of surgical strike had already been rejected by Pakistan as a figment of imagination.
It seemed that Modi was trying to distance the conversation away from the very real issues of communal rioting and unresolved rape cases, as hundreds of noisy protesters greeted him in London, chanting slogans against him for not taking any action against the rape cases in India. It would be better for Indian Prime Minister to bring order in own house rather than indulging in unnecessary controversies with ridiculous claims.
Foreign Office spokesman rightly said that repeating lies did not make them true.