When India shuts down internet to punish Pak, PM Modi says
By AMIN HUTTOISABAD: On Tuesday, the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi will launch a nationwide internet shutdown to punish Pakistan for what the government says is a growing menace to the national security.
Modi has already made clear that India is ready to take the “nuclear option” to punish the government in Pakistan if Pakistan does not agree to a ceasefire.
This is part of a strategy that has been in the works for some time to punish and punish again for a long time, Modi has said.
“We will continue to do everything to punish those responsible for this menace and will use all the tools at our disposal, including military and law enforcement,” Modi said in a statement issued by the government.
“I have given my personal assurance that India will use every possible tool at its disposal to punish these criminals who have terrorised our country,” he said.
Modis statement is the first time that the Indian government has used the word “nuclear” in reference to the ongoing military operation in Pakistan to punish Islamabad for its alleged support for the Haqqani Network, a terrorist group linked to the Taliban.
The Indian government says the operation against the Haqnans is part the India-Pakistan Strategic Partnership.
It also blames Pakistan for allowing the Ha Qnans to operate in the country and for harboring militants, among other alleged crimes.
The military has denied the allegations and said the operation was to root out terrorists.
India has made a concerted effort to shut down internet access to Pakistan, especially on the Internet in the Pakistani cities of Karachi and Quetta, since June 1, when Pakistan began closing the country’s access to the internet.
The government of Pakistan has repeatedly blamed India for the shutdowns.
But it has said it will not be “deliberately” shutting down the internet in the two countries, as some Western countries are doing.
India’s statement comes after Modi said the government would not allow the Haquan Network to operate freely.
“It is not only the HaQ and the HaT network that are targeting Pakistan and the Pakistani people.
There are also other terrorist groups and other terror organizations like Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) that operate from Pakistan,” he told the parliament on Tuesday.”
In our judgment, it is absolutely necessary to take decisive action against those who operate these terrorist networks,” Modi added.