India’s Vice President Venkaiah Naidu has on Wednesday said New Delhi hopes to have good relations with all its neighbouring nations but Pakistan, harbouring terrorism, has made terrorism a state policy. Naidu – who embarked on a two-nation official visit to Paraguay and Rica Costa – made these remarks during interacting with the Indian community at Paraguay.
According to ANI news reports, Naidu said, “We want to have good relations, including with all our neighbours. Former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee said you can change friends, but you cannot change your neighbour. Keeping that in mind we are trying our best.”
He further added, “ But one of our neighbours has made terrorism a state
policy. They are aiding, funding, training terrorists. Time and again, they have been
persuaded, they make public commitments, but never stop funding terrorism.”
Naidu dubbed terrorism as a foe of humanity and stated that terrorism has no religion, “it is mad and bad”. He asserted terrorism should “be eliminated from the globe, and that is possible only when the entire international community comes together”.
He stated India alone is capable of fighting terrorism on its own. Naidu said India does not want “any kind of support to fight terror in India, we are capable”.
He said, “We have shown out capacity recently. When then attacked CRPF and killed 40 people, the response was given. IAF not attacked the military in Pakistan, didn’t harm a single citizen and precisely hit the target.”
VP Naidu also launched a scathing attack at the oppositions for raising questions of outcomes of an aerial strike with PAF, and said, “Now the discussion is going about casualties. It is for them to count the numbers. Yesterday, the home minister suggested that if anyone has doubts, they can visit Pakistan and inquire Pakistan government. We don’t want war, but can’t be a silent spectator to nonsense going on for a war.”