Vajpayee Warns Pakistan on "Aggressive" Policies Against India

August 18, 1999
NEW DELHI Indian Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee on Tuesday warned Pakistan that it would be "taught a lesson" if Islamabad continued its "aggressive" policies against New Delhi. "We are committed to peace and good neighbourly relations with Pakistan but if Islamabad is bent upon aggression then it has to be taught a lesson," Vajpayee told an election rally in northern Uttar Pradesh. Vajpayee ruled out talks with Pakistan as Islamabad refused to respect the simla peace pact of 1972 and the Lahore Declaration of 1999 and aided terrorism on Indian soil.

"It takes two to tango," Vajpayee was quoted as saying by the Press Trust of India. He slammed Pakistan for "exporting terrorism" to India and said the disputed region of Kashmir was "very sacred" to India. Pakistan, he said, was frustrated following its repeated failure to occupy the disputed region of Kashmir. [INT