Enough Already With 'Ball's In Pakistan's Court', Says Sarcastic Shiv Sena

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Enough Already With 'Ball's In Pakistan's Court', Says Sarcastic Shiv Sena

The Shiv Sena had earlier flayed the PM for making an unscheduled visit to Pakistan in December to visit Nawaz Sharif

Mumbai:  Prime Minister Narendra Modi received a new dose of criticism from ally Shiv Sena today, which said, in its mouthpiece, "Without giving a befitting reply, attacks like Mumbai or Pathankot will not end."

A terror attack launched pre-dawn on January 2 at the air force base in Pathankot killed seven military personnel and left another 20 injured. The terrorists came from across the border and were sent by the Jaish-e-Mohammed, India has said, while sharing what it describes as "actionable evidence" with Pakistan's government.

"The ball is now in Pakistan's court," Foreign Ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup said last week,  stressing that Islamabad must deliver action against those responsible for the Pathankot assault. "It has been announced that '(the) ball is in Pakistan's court', but the ball was also in Pakistan's court for the attack on parliament in 2001 and Mumbai (in 2008). They target us, but we keep pushing balls in their court, waiting for the next attack," was the scathing assessment of the Sena in an editorial in its magazine.

Last week, Pakistani premier Nawaz Sharif phoned Prime Minister Narendra Modi to pledge assistance and cooperation in the Pathankot investigation. Mr Sharif has also set up a committee comprising top military and intel officers to identify the masterminds of the attack.

The Sena had, in an earlier editorial, flayed PM Modi for making an unscheduled visit to Pakistan in December to visit Mr Sharif in an initiative to speed up the rapprochement between the two countries. "Seven of our soldiers get martyred in return for a cup of tea with Nawaz Sharif," the Sena had said. The party is a member of the PM's coalition government and co-governs Maharashtra with the BJP.

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