PM Modi Paks a punch in US Congress
Washington: With Pakistan obviously in mind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi yesterday said terrorism is being ‘incubated in India’s neighbourhood’ and pressed for action without making any distinction against groups like Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), Taliban and ISIS who share the ‘same philosophy of hate, murder and killings’.
sign of the times: Prime Minister Modi signs autographs after addressing members of Congress at the US Capitol yesterday. Pic/PTI
In his address to the joint sitting of US Congress here, he said terrorism has to be fought with ‘one voice’ as he commended the American Parliament for sending out a clear message by refusing to ‘reward’ those who preach and practice terrorism for political gains, an apparent reference to the blocking of sale of 8 F-16 fighter jets to Pakistan.
In the course of his 45-minute speech, he covered all major aspects of the growing relationship between India and the US, particularly strategic ties and civil nuclear cooperation, and emphasised that the two countries should leave ‘constraints of the past’ behind as the ‘foundations of the future are firmly in place’.
Dressed in trademark white kurta pyjama and grey-coloured half-jacket, Modi was warmly received by the American lawmakers who interrupted his address more than 40 times to cheer him, a few times by standing.