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India’s PM boasts he could make Pakistan ‘bite the dust’ in a week as tensions rise

India’s PM boasts he could make Pakistan ‘bite the dust’ in a week as tensions rise between the two nuclear-armed rivals in Kashmir

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi gloated that ‘Pakistan has already lost three wars’ 
  • Populist leader was speaking to military personnel in New Delhi on Tuesday
  • Nuclear-armed neighbours clashed in February last year with jet shot down 
  • Islamabad captured the pilot in a rare engagement over disputed Kashmir 

India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi has boasted he could make Pakistan ‘bite the dust’ in a week amid rising tensions between the nuclear-armed rivals over Kashmir.

The countries have fought three wars and last February came close to a fourth with tit-for-tat airstrikes sparked by an attack on Indian troops in Kashmir.

Modi is under pressure after weeks of ongoing protests against a new citizenship law, a slowing economy and the prospect of losing the latest in a string of state elections in New Delhi next month.

‘Pakistan has already lost three wars. Our armed forces will not take more than 7-10 days to make Pakistan bite the dust,’ Modi said in a speech to military personnel on Tuesday.

India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi told troops on Tuesday: ‘Pakistan has already lost three wars. Our armed forces will not take more than 7-10 days to make Pakistan bite the dust’ (pictured: earlier this month in Kolkota)

India's antisatellite missile on display during a military parade marking Republic Day in Rajpath Boulevard on Sunday

India’s antisatellite missile on display during a military parade marking Republic Day in Rajpath Boulevard on Sunday

Wearing a maroon National Cadet Corps baseball cap at the event in the capital, Modi said India's new prowess was thanks to what he called 'youthful thinking'.

Wearing a maroon National Cadet Corps baseball cap at the event in the capital, Modi said India’s new prowess was thanks to what he called ‘youthful thinking’.

His comments follow last year’s incident when an Indian fighter jet was shot down – and the pilot captured – by Islamabad after a rare aerial engagement.

Wearing a maroon National Cadet Corps baseball cap at the event in the capital, Modi said India’s new prowess was thanks to what he called ‘youthful thinking’.

He said that Indian strikes against what New Delhi said were militants in Pakistan-administered Kashmir and inside Pakistan proper in 2016 and last year were evidence of this.

‘This is “youthful thinking”. We carry out surgical strikes and take on terrorists in their homes,’ Modi said.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi inspects a guard of honour during the annual National Cadet Corps (NCC) Rally 2020, at Cariappa Parade Ground on Tuesday

Prime Minister Narendra Modi inspects a guard of honour during the annual National Cadet Corps (NCC) Rally 2020, at Cariappa Parade Ground on Tuesday

Modi waves at the audience during the Annual National Cadet Corps (NCC) Rally 2020, at Cariappa Parade Ground on January 28, 2020 in New Delhi

Modi waves at the audience during the Annual National Cadet Corps (NCC) Rally 2020, at Cariappa Parade Ground on January 28, 2020 in New Delhi

India and Pakistan have fought three wars: in 1947, 1965 and 1971, as well as in 1999 during the so-called Kargil Conflict.

Modi said that Pakistan continues to wage a ‘proxy war’ against India by backing militants in Indian-administered Kashmir where tens of thousands of people have died in recent decades.

Kashmir has been divided between India and Pakistan since Independence from Britain in 1947. In August Modi’s government stripped Indian Kashmir of its partial autonomy. 

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