Nisar Ali Khan said Mr. Modi’s elevation as Prime Minister would “destabilise” regional peace

The Bharatiya Janata Party on Wednesday took offence to Pakistan Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan’s comments against its prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi.

Mr. Khan had said Mr. Modi’s elevation as Prime Minister would “destabilise” regional peace.

Asking Pakistan to “mend” its ways, the BJP cautioned that the “manner” in which the neighbouring country was behaving with India “will not work.”

BJP spokesperson Meenakshi Lekhi said the statement was an over-reaction in a matter that was not his [the minister’s] subject. “Mr. Modi spoke about his priority in trying to get a convicted Indian criminal back to India and [have him] tried/convicted under due process of the Indian legal system. He believes in positive engagement with the global community, peaceful coexistence, but at no point will our foreign policy bow to any other nation or interest group. Pakistan’s Interior Minister’s statements raise serious doubts over their intention of aiding in bringing Indian criminals hiding in Pakistan to justice."

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