Dubai: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday repeatedly slammed Pakistan, without naming it, in a speech at a Dubai cricket stadium packed with an Indian diaspora that roared its approval.
India and the United Arab Emirates had sent out a clear signal against terror in their joint statement signed today, the PM said, and added in a swipe at Pakistan, "The intended recipients will get the message."
"Good Taliban, Bad Taliban... Good Terror, Bad Terror... this won't work. A decision has to be taken - are you with terrorism or with humanity?" the PM asked, adding, "People on the path of terror will have to rely on bilateral talks for a real solution."
Not much later in his address, PM Modi again took on Pakistan when he said, "We have decided to strengthen connectivity in SAARC countries. Some have tried to block talks, but let them be, the rest of SAARC will move ahead on it."
He was referring to Pakistan blocking key proposals backed by India to integrate energy grids and free up road and rail movement at a meeting in Nepal last year of the member nations of the South Asian Association of Regional Cooperation or SAARC. He mentioned every SAARC member by name except Pakistan.
The PM's remarks come ahead of talks scheduled next week between the National Security Advisers of India and Pakistan and amid tension on the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir after six civilians were killed in Pakistani firing on the weekend.
The Prime Minister's two-day trip to the United Arab Emirates or UAE, concluded with the mega reception billed as "Marhaba NaMo", at the cricket stadium filled with 40,000 people, who constantly chanted his name.
The PM profusely thanked his host, the crown prince of the UAE His Highness Sheikh Mohd bin Zayed Al Nahyan for his hospitality and said, "The love I am showered with here, the respect...is not for one individual. This is for 1.25 billion Indians, for India is a changing place in the world."