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PM MODI INTERVIEW: 'India Has Just One Demand: Leave Terrorism,' Says Prime Minister Narendra Modi On Imran Khan's Offer To Hold Talks

Written By Chetna Kapoor | Mumbai | Published:

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  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday spoke to Republic Media Network's Editor-in-Chief Arnab Goswami talking about the Pulwama attack and Imran's Khan offer to 'hold talks' with India on terrorism.

Just two weeks before the Lok Sabha Elections begin, in the biggest and most explosive interview, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday spoke to Republic Media Network's Editor-in-Chief Arnab Goswami talking about the Pulwama attack and Imran's Khan offer to 'hold talks' with India on terrorism.

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On February 27, Pakistan Prime Minister addressed the nation after the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) jets shot down two Indian Air Force jets in Pakistan territory and said: “I will say it again to you (India) that better sense should prevail and we should talk."

On being asked about the same, Editor-in-chief Arnab Goswami asked Prime Minister Modi if he had a message to give to the Pakistan Government, to which Modi said: "Pakistan can do what it wants for its people. That's fine. That's their 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."

Upon being asked 'Everyday they (Pakistan) have this fear that something is going to happen', PM Modi said: "Do you expect that I will say all this before the media? Do you expect that by putting forth my view for the future, I should reveal my cards? Issues concerning the security of the nation are very sensitive. People get to know after things happen," concluded Modi.

Prime Minister Modi talking on the Pulwama attack also said: "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."

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