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  • Sep 25th, 2016
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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi lashed out at Pakistan Saturday accusing it of "exporting terrorists" after a deadly attack on an army base. Modi's comments were the latest in a war of words between the neighbours over escalating tensions in disputed Kashmir, where 18 Indian soldiers were killed last week in the worst attack in the region for over a decade. "This is the only country that is exporting terrorism in all corners," Modi said, without directly naming Pakistan, in his first public comments since the attack.

"Wherever there is news of terror, there is news that either the terrorist first went to this country or later, after the incident, like Osama Bin Laden," he said addressing a rally in southern Kerala state. Addressing the Pakistani people directly, he added: "We both gained independence in the same year but (today) India exports software and your leaders export terrorists." On Sunday, the Hindu-nationalist prime minister seemed to appeal for calm among some of his right-wing supporters who have called for a muscular response against Pakistan in the wake of the latest attack.

"India is ready for a war but let us fight a war on poverty, unemployment and let's see who wins first, India or Pakistan," he said. He also noted that the army had foiled 17 infiltration attempts across the border, killing 110 "fidayeen (suicide) terrorists" in the last few months. Modi warned Islamabad that India would continue to push to make Pakistan a pariah state in the eyes of the international community.

"We will intensify it (our efforts) and force you to be alone all over the world," he said. After failing to justify their allegations and failure to provide any evidence pertaining to Pakistan's alleged involvement in Uri attacks, Indian Prime Minister on Saturday met the service chiefs of the Indian Army, Navy and Air Force to discuss India's response to the incident.

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