Congress's Mani Shankar Aiyar says 'Respect Pak or they'll drop atom bomb'

Mani Shankar Aiyar stated that the government can talk tough to Pakistan if it wants to, but if it doesn’t respect the neighbouring country, it may have to pay a heavy price.
Congress's Mani Shankar Aiyar says 'Respect Pak or they'll drop atom bomb'
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Congress veteran Mani Shankar Aiyar courted controversy after saying that India should engage in dialogue with Pakistan and not flex its military muscles as it may irk Islamabad into deploying nuclear weapons against New Delhi.

"They have atom bombs. We have them too, but if a ‘madman’ decides to drop a bomb on Lahore, it won’t take 8 seconds for the radiation to reach Amritsar," he warned.

"If we respect them, they will remain peaceful. But if we snub them, what happens if a ‘madman’ comes up and decides to launch bombs [at India]?" Aiyar asked.

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Congress's Mani Shankar Aiyar says 'Respect Pak or they'll drop atom bomb'

In the wake of the Prime Minister's remark, other senior BJP leaders have also dialled up the anti-Pakistan rhetoric. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh asserted that Pakistan-Occupied-Kashmir (PoK) "was, is, and will remain ours", but India won't have to capture it with force because its people, on their own, would want to be part of India.

Source: India Today

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