Soon after Donald Trump’s Pakistan bashing, India’s ruling party BJP on Monday quickly took the credit and claimed that US President’s tough message to Islamabad was a result of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s diplomacy.
Congratulating the President of the United States (POTUS) for his tough remark, BJP spokesperson GVL Narasimha Rao also took a dig at Congress President Rahul Gandhi for mocking Modi’s “hug-diplomacy.”
“Congrats to POTUS for calling Terroristan’s bluff & signalling resolve to end Pak’s deceit. Dear RahulG, here are results of diplomacy of PM @narendramodi ji. When will you see Pak “drama” instead of targeting Indian Army. Are you rushing Aiyers to hug and console Pak over the snub? (sic),” BJP spokesperson GVL Narasimha Rao said in a tweet.
MoS, PMO Jitendra Singh said, "We can reasonably argue that Trump administration's decision today has abundantly vindicated India's stand as far as terror is concerned and as far as Pakistan's role in perpetrating terror is concerned."
The remarks from BJP leaders came after Trump said Pakistan had given America nothing but lies and deceit and that it had provided a safe haven to terrorists.
“The United States has foolishly given Pakistan more than 33 billion dollars in aid over the last 15 years, and they have given us nothing but lies & deceit, thinking of our leaders as fools. They give safe haven to the terrorists we hunt in Afghanistan, with little help. No more!” the US president said in a strongly worded tweet.
Earlier in December last year, Trump had said the Pakistan took “tremendous advantage” of the U.S. over the years, but the two countries are now “starting to have a real” relationship.
On his statement, Rahul Gandhi had taken a swipe at PM Modi saying that the US president “needs another hug”.
The Congress leader’s remarks were in reference to the visible bonhomie between Trump and Modi with the two leaders exchanging hugs during the Prime Minister’s last visit to the US.