With party under pressure on the issue of terrorism in the aftermath of the Uri attack, BJP President Amit Shah today said that the party felt the anger of the people and stressed that a strong reply was being given to Pakistan for supporting and sponsoring terrorists.
Making a separate statement on the Uri attack after his presidential speech at the National Council meeting of the BJP in Kozhikode, Shah said he was doing so in view of the widespread anger among the public and the party workers.
Attacking Pakistan, he said that the neighbouring country was openly sponsoring and supporting terrorists. "For more than one and a half decades, we have suffered terror attacks sponsored by Pakistan. The extremist incidents in Jammu and Kashmir are also being supported by Pakistan," he said.
Shah said that the terror attacks were nothing less than a war crime perpetrated by Pakistan.
Picking up the thread from Prime Minister Narendra Modi's speech yesterday, he said Pakistan has emerged as the centre of global terrorism. He said both the BJP and the Modi government had a policy of zero tolerance towards terrorism.
"They made 17 unsuccessful attempts to infiltrate terrorists, and these efforts were thwarted. The Uri attack showed their frustration," Shah said.
He said Uri was not the final word, and finally, India will emerge victorious in the fight against terrorism.
Shah appealed to the people as well as all political parties to join hands with the government in its fight against terrorism.
Earlier, in his presidential speech before the National Council, he pledged that Kashmir was an integral part of the country and that no one can take it away. "If anyone is day dreaming that they can take away Kashmir, they should remember that this is a BJP government and we will not let it happen."
Indicating that the government would not engage with the separatists in Kashmir, he said, "The government is ready to talk to anybody, but only with those who consider themselves Indian and those who believe in the Indian Constitution."