Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday slammed Pakistan for "glorifying" terrorists and wondered what kind of a country it was that drew inspiration from terror, an apparent reference to the eulogising of slain Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani.
In his address from the ramparts of the Red Fort on the occasion of 70th Independence Day, Modi talked about situation in Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir (PoK), Gilgit and Baluchistan and said people from there have thanked him for raising their issues.
Referring to Peshawar school attack in which more than 140 people, most of them children, were killed, the prime minister said India’s Parliament and the country’s schools and children had felt the pain as the country has strong foundation of humanity.
"But look at the other side where terrorism is being glorified. Where killing of innocents by terrorists is celebrated. What kind of terrorism-inspired life is it? What kind of government is which is inspired by terrorism? The world will need to understand the double standards," Modi said.
His comments came against the backdrop of Pakistan declaring Wani a "martyr" and organising programmes in his memory.
The prime minister asserted that India will not yield to terrorism and violence and asked youths to return to the mainstream by shunning the path of violence, comments which are seen as a message to youth of Kashmir.