India will not be cowed down: Amit Shah
BJP president Amit Shah Thursday said India will not be cowed down by anybody and there will be no compromise on national honour and integrity.
He said the decision of the Narendra Modi government to call off dialogue with Pakistan over the latter's move to hold talks with Kashmiri separatist leaders demonstrates India's new foreign policy.
Addressing Bharatiya Janata Party workers here, Shah said the BJP-led government has made it clear that there will be no compromise on national pride and India's sovereignty and integrity.
"We don't want to threaten anybody but at the same time, we will not allow anybody to threaten us or play with the nation's honour and its integrity," he said.
Shah said Prime Minister Modi extended the hand of friendship by inviting leaders of the SAARC countries, including Pakistan, to his swearing-in ceremony.
"It was then decided to hold foreign secretary-level talks but Pakistan did not mend its ways. It had been promoting Kashmiri separatism by holding talks with separatists before every foreign secretary-level dialogue with India," he said.
"The Pakistani high commissioner once again dared to hold talks with separatists but he did not know that this time it is Modi's BJP government in India.
"When the government came to know of this, Modi ji said it is a matter of the nation's honour and integrity and there will be no compromise on it. He made it clear that there will be no talks with Pakistan if its high commissioner meets separatists."
(Posted on 21-08-2014)