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PM Modi pitches for deeper ties with Bangladesh

In a blunt attack on Pakistan, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday accused it of creating “nuisance” and “constantly” troubling India by promoting terrorism.

The Prime Minister’s sharp criticism came during the course of his address at the Bangabandhu International Convention Centre here when he vowed to jointly combat with Bangladesh terrorism in the region. “Pakistan aaye din (constantly) disturbs India, jo naako dum la deta hai(creates nuisance), terrorism ko badhawa (deta hai)…ki ghatnaayein ghatthi rehti hain(promotes terrorism and such incidents keep recurring),” Modi said in his address to Dhaka University.

In his address, the Prime Minister came out strongly against expansionism, saying there is no place for it in today’s world. “The World has changed, there was a time when may be expansionism was used to be the symbol of a country’s power as to which one is expanding how much and reaching which place…but times have changed. Now in this era there is no place for expansionism and the world wants development not expansionism and this is the basic vision.

Making a strong pitch for reforms of the UN and its Security Council, Modi said India has still not got a permanent seat in the UNSC. “India is a country which never fought to gain land. 75,000 Indian soldiers had sacrificed their lives for others in the First World War, and 90,000 in the Second World War,” he said. The Prime Minister also referred to India’s role in peacekeeping operations across the world, noting that Indian soldiers had fought alongside ‘Mukti Jodhas’ (freedom fighters) as well for Bangladesh. “Yet India has still not got a permanent seat on the UN Security Council,” Modi said.

Winding up his two-day visit, Modi said though his present trip has ended, he felt the “real journey begins now.” His hour-long address, heard with rapt attention by members of the Indian community, eminent Bangladeshis including political personalities, cultural personalities, business persons, academicians and Dhaka University students here, was repeatedly applauded.343904-modi-bangladesh-reuters


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