Will engage with Pak for peace: Modi

New Dehli—Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that its government is undertaking efforts for peace with Pakistan. At the same time he said his forces at the borders have “full freedom to answer back” in whatever manner they have to.
“Look there are different types of forces operating in Pakistan. But the government only engages with a democratically elected system. Our effort for that engagement is continuing. But our supreme objective is peace,” he told Times Now in an interview.
“We seek friendly relations but without compromising on our interests… I have said that my country’s soldiers have full freedom to answer back in whatever manner they have
to and they will keep doing that.”
Modi was asked what is the ‘lakshman rekha’ or ‘red line’ for holding talks Pakistan because in 2014 it was said it will be only talks between the two countries and not with Hurriyat, the second was 26/11 and now Pathankot.
He said, “The first thing is that with whom in Pakistan you will decide about laxman rekha — with an elected government or with other actors. So India will have to be alert and conscious all the time. There should not be any laxity and negligence.”
The Indian premier went on to say because of his consistent efforts like the visit to Lahore or inviting Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to New Delhi that he no longer has to convince the world about India’s stand on terrorism.—Agencies

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