Shiv Sena unwilling to trust Pakistan

NEW DELHI - India's Shiv Sena party President Uddhav Thackeray on Monday said with Narendra Modi at the helm it was expected that good days will come with respect to India's relationship with Pakistan and there will be peace in Kashmir and the entire country, but maintained it was difficult to trust the neigbouring country.

"So far only India has taken initiative of forgetting the past and starting a fresh. Hence, it is difficult to trust Pakistan. But we trust Modi's leadership and hence, we do not want to create hurdles for him. If Pakistan does not mend its ways, Modi will have to press the nuclear button," Thackeray said.

Reacting to the Congress' allegation that it was silent over the invitation to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif for Modi's swearing-in, Thackeray alleged, "it is as if only Shiv Sena is concerned about Pakistan's involvement in 'terror' activities in India and others have nothing to do with it." He said a strong government led by a decisive leader has been brought to power to ensure that issues of national security, terrorism and infiltration are settled once and for all.

Sena has been very vocal in its opposition to Pakistani cricketers playing in India, or artistes from that country performing here. "What is the important of the sentiments of the martyrs in India? Kargil happened during Nawaz Sharif’s tenure. The cries of their mothers, wives and sisters are bursting our eardrums. The manner in which Sarabjit was killed is not how a good neighbour behaves. 'Terrorism' in Kashmir has not ended. Still now with Modi at the helm, it is expected that good days will come in respect of Pakistan and there will be peace in Kashmir and the entire country," Thackeray said.

"Is Nawaz Sharif coming to India to assure Modi of this?" he asked. Maharashtra Congress spokesman Sachin Sawant said, "Arrival of Pakistan’s prime minister for the swearing-in is a big event. It was expected that Shiv Sena would make its stand clear on presence of Nawaz Sharif but its silence shows that its earlier anti-Pakistan stand was just for political convenience."

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