Indian army Chief General Bipin Rawat said that if Pakistan wants to stay together with India, then it has to change state form Islamic to secular, state media reported. His remarks came in response to the Prime Minister Imran Khan’s speech at inauguration ceremony of Kartaruur Corridor.
“For this idea of countries coming together, Pakistan will have to look at their own internal situation. Pakistan has made itself into an Islamic State. If they have to stay together with India, they will have to become a secular state. We are a secular state. How can we stay together, when they say they are an Islamic State and there is no role for anyone else,” Gen Rawat was quoted by the Indian media outlet as saying.
In response to PM Imran’s offer of taking two steps for every single Indian step, the Indian army chief said, “India has taken the first step several times. At least show us one step from your side. Terrorism is growing in your country. At least show us some action from your side against terrorism.”
During Kartarpur corridor PM Imran had said that “If France and Germany can move ahead while making a union, why can’t we; the Pakistan Army, national institutions and political parties are on the same page, we want to move ahead, we want a civilised relationship, only a leadership with determination is needed on both sides of the borders to solve the issues”.
Earlier on Friday Imran Khan said “Pakistan’s mindset has changed, but India’s hasn’t”. “There’s no enmity between the people of the two countries; people to people relations could be improved.” “Pakistan’s approach is positive but India will have to bring change in its mindset,” the prime minister said. “We have given an open invitation to India and it is now up to them how they respond.” The one-sided game, however, could not continue for a long time and the Indian side would have to come forward in that regard, he added.
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17 November, 2019