With the 2019 Lok Sabha elections only a fortnight away, Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a sensational tell-all interview with Republic Media Network's Editor-In-Chief Arnab Goswami spoke on an array of topics that may have a big impact on the polls.
In the biggest ultimatum to Imran Khan's 'Naya Pakistan' and the terror outfits being harboured by it, he demanded that the Pak government act against the Jaish-e-Mohammed which perpetrated the dastardly Pulwama terror attack on February 14 in which 40 CRPF Jawans were martyred.
During the interview, PM Modi was asked about Pakistan PM Imran Khan getting in touch with through calls in the aftermath of the attack:
"Whenever such incidents took place I spoke to Pakistan. Every time Pakistan gave me assurance that they will take action. When such things happen, Pakistan has this kind of an attitude. I don't want to get stuck in that trap now. Till the time that the world witnesses visible action... The world should believe that the right kind of action has been taken against terrorism. I will wait for the moment," PM Modi said.
On being questioned on 'whether talks can happen amidst the situation of terror and war', PM Modi issued an ultimatum to Pakistan to either hand over the terrorists or act against terrorism:
"Tell me those people who've fled India and are facing red corner notices, they're criminals. We've given note verbals. Why don't they hand them over? If their intention is peace and friendship, hand those people over. We've given them all the dossiers and details of 26/11, hand those people to law enforcement agencies, send them to India. We will take action. Jaish-e-Mohammed members clearly admit they've done it (Pulwama attack), despite that they don't take action. And that is why, we were never fighting the people of Pakistan and we are not fighting them even now. Our fight is against terrorism. I have publicly made this statement... When the Prime Minister of Pakistan won elections and came to power, I called to congratulate him. Even then I told him, when we fought wars, you lost. You pushed terrorism but it couldn't stop India's progress. Today, India is the fastest growing economy. We are achieving every kind of power. What did you achieve? I told him, there's time, let's sit together and fight poverty, leave terrorism. These were my words."
He further reiterated India's sole demand for Pakistan - Leave terrorism:
"Pakistan can do what it wants for its people. That's fine. That's its local problem. They can continue doing it. India has just one demand: leave terrorism. Leave terrorism. After this, if you don't even look at us, we will have no problem. But come out of terrorism."
Even as there have been reports on the existence of JeM chief Masood Azhar in Pakistan, The Imran Khan-led government has been in denial mode on his terror outfit thriving in their country.