Afridi tells Modi to behave


–Minister says Pakistan biggest victim of terrorism, it’s time for world to ‘do more’

ISLAMABAD: Minister of State for the Interior Shehryar Khan Afridi, on Sunday, subtly warned Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi against future misadventures against Pakistan, advising India “not to undermine” Pakistan.

Addressing the participants of 17th Young Leaders Summit held at Jinnah Convention Centre, Afridi said that Premier Modi must understand that any misadventure would be retaliated with ‘full force’.

While talking about the upcoming elections in India, the Minister said, “We all know that the ruling party is facing a strong challenge from the opposition and Premier Modi’s popularity is waning. We also understand that the recent misadventure in February has further dealt the ruling party heavily and they may make another desperate effort to help win upcoming polls. But we will retaliate with full force if we are challenged. My message for Modi is: don’t undermine Pakistan,” the minister.

The Minister said that Pakistan was the biggest victim of the ‘war against terrorism’ and that it has ‘done enough’.

“We will no more be heeding to the ‘do more’ rhetoric. It is time for the world to do more now,” the minister said, referring to the ongoing peace talks between Afghan Taliban and the US administration.

The Minister, in an apparent reference to Pashtun Tahaffuz Movement (PTM) said that Pashtuns have always been patriotic people and those who are speaking against Pakistan are speaking the enemy’s language.

He said that the government is ready to embrace anyone who has ‘real issues’ but those who monger anarchy would be dealt with appropriately. He vowed that the government would foil all conspiracies against the state of Pakistan.

The event was organised by Positive Pakistan Foundation, a volunteer youth network, in collaboration with Paigham-e-Pakistan and aimed at promoting social harmony, peace and tolerance in the society by enhancing employability skills of the youth.

The Minister said that the participation of Pakistan’s youth in the decision making process on social, cultural and economic affairs is very important for the bright future of the country.

He said that, given the opportunity, the country’s youth have the ability to compete at all levels in the world, adding they can play an important role in bringing about a real change in the country.