Indian Foreign Policy is not Pakistan orientated: PM Modi

Indian Foreign Policy is not Pakistan orientated: PM Modi

NEW DELHI: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has refuted the impression that Indian foreign policy is Pakistan focused. Contrary to the fact that Indian foreign policy main pillar revolves around Pakistan and its utmost efforts which have miserably failed were to isolate Pakistan in the world.

Modi said that to assume the country's foreign policy revolves around Pakistan would be a "grave injustice" to India . He instead said India 's foreign policy was "issue-based."

"India's foreign policy is based in the context of India . India 's foreign policy is based in the context of its relations with the world. It is issue-based. Our foreign policy is not based around one nation and it shouldn't be," Modi said in an interview to Times Now.

He added that India was not working to isolate one nation, but that "whoever takes a step against terrorism, I will welcome them and praise them."

The PM also noted that the world was uniting against terrorism, and likened the fight against terror to a fight to save humanity.

"Humanity is in great danger and to save humanity, it is important for powers that believe in humanitarian values to unite. I believe this fight is about saving humanity and nothing can be a bigger soft power than this. You have to unite those who believe in humanitarian values, only then can you isolate terrorists and defeat terrorism," he said.

Responding to a question on whether dialogue may be the way forward in the fight against terror - in the context of the appointment of an interlocutor in Jammu and Kashmir - the PM said that "dialogue does take place with every citizen of India , and it will continue to take place."

He reiterated his government's support for "those who believe in the constitution of India and for those who live and die for the nation."

Modi invited Pakistan to join hands with India to fight poverty and disease. He also had a message for Pakistan and its people: "If we fight together, we will win faster."

It has also underscored the need for the neighbouring country to stop differentiating between good and bad terrorists.

New Delhi