| TNN | Updated: Sep 24 : KOZHIKODE: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday broke his silence on the Uri terror attack and tore into Pakistan for its role in supporting terror in the region. At his first public rally since the Uri incident, PM Modi challenged Pakistan - not at conventional war - but in the race to build a better nation for its people.
He appealed to the Pakistanis to rise against their establishment which had been "cheating and misleading" them.
"Today from here I want to talk directly to the people of Pakistan ... remind them that before 1947 your ancestors held this land as the sacred place of their birth," the PM said and added, "They should ask their government why it is unable to manage POK, lost East Bengal and control the turmoil in Sindh, Gilgit, Baluchistan and among Pakhtoons. People of Pakistan should understand that their government is misleading them by talking about Kashmir."
He exhorted the people of Pakistan to fight for thousands of years with India but that fight should be for grooming a better state with equal opportunities, jobs and overall prosperity.
"Let's fight against unemployment, infant and maternal mortality, and see which country wins," the PM said, in a dramatic twist to the line that began with "Today there is a government in Delhi that is ready to take up the challenge (from Pakistan)."
Addressing both — the domestic constituency that was getting impatient, waiting for a fitting reply to Pakistan for Uri and the international community which has gathered for the United Nations General Assembly at present — PM Modi took forward the line of attack that he had built up over the past week against Islamabad and raised the pitch to the highest possible level.
Using his oratory skills and body language the PM crafted the strongest possible rhetoric that even the opposition parties may find difficult to pick holes in at the moment.
In some of his references, PM Modi did not name Pakistan, but he pointed all his fingers at it.
"Atankwadi kan khol kar sun le, yeh desh yeh bhulney wala nahi hain. (Terrorists listen carefully, this country will not forget this), PM Modi said after his opening reference to the Uri attack saying 18 Indian soldiers were killed in Kashmir and "there is anger in the country since then."
With the entire effort of the Modi government in the past week having been driven towards isolating Pakistan in the international community for perpetrating terror, the Saturday attack was a master stroke which named and shamed the neighbour. PM Modi started his speech by talking about terror and qucikly moved over to Pakistan saying there is one country which does not share Asia's dream of dominating the 21st century, but is putting full effort to ensure that this does not happen.
"Terrorists the world over are found to have either come from this country or take shelter in this country like Osama bin Laden did after committing an act of terror," PM Modi said in a hard hitting blow to Pakistan.
"Why is it that India exports computer software and Pakistan exports terror to the world," PM Modi said posing a question to Pakistanis.
Modi reiterated that the sacrifice of 18 jawans in Uri attack will not go in vain. "We shall isolate Pakistan and days are not far when people of the country will fight against their "hukmrans" (establsihment), who are shielding terrorists," PM Modi said.( The Times Of India)
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