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Pakistan has not left path of terror despite India’s peace overtures: Ramdas Athawale

"We don't want enmity with Pakistan...but if time comes there will be a need to wage war against Pakistan...this is what I feel," Athawale said.

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Ramdas Athawale. (File Photo)

Pakistan has not left the path of terrorism despite India’s overtures of peace, Union Minister Ramdas Athawale on Sunday said, asserting that Islamabad’s stand was unacceptable. “We don’t want enmity with Pakistan…but if time comes there will be a need to wage war against Pakistan…this is what I feel,” Athawale said.

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“We give importance to peace, but Pakistan is again and again trying to indulge in terror activities…we oppose Pakistan’s stand,” the Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment told reporters in Hyderabad. Condemning the Uri terror attack, he said, “Pakistan has always tried to disturb our country. Terrorism is always coming from Pakistan. It is responsible for 2008 Mumbai attack…It wants to destabilise India’s economy,” he said.

“Pakistan is intentionally attacking our Army personnel, creating instability in Kashmir and provoking youngsters in J-K against India. Youths and security personnel are dying…Pakistan is responsible for all this,” Athawale said.

On Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s remarks that India will work to isolate Pakistan internationally, Athawale said, “We appeal to the international community to take steps in this regard.” He said Pakistan has no right over PoK and it is a part of India.