When former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had plans to attack Pakistan after Mumbai Terror attack
Often seen as a soft PM, former PM Manmohan Sigh wanted to act tough on Pakistan and even had plans to attack the neighbouring country if another Mumbai-type terror attack occurred again
New Delhi, Sep 20: Often seen as a soft PM, former PM Manmohan Sigh wanted to act tough on Pakistan and even had plans to attack the neighbouring country if another Mumbai-type terror attack occurred again.
If a report in The Hindustan Times, based on a book by former British Prime Minister David Cameron is an indication then former PM Manmohan Singh wanted to deal with Pakistan with an iron fist and teach them a lesson.
David Cameron, who interacted with him as prime minister, reveals in his book describing Singh as a ‘saintly man’.
Cameron writes: “I got on well with prime minister Manmohan Singh. He was a saintly man, but he was robust on the threats India faced. On a later visit he told me that another terrorist attack like that in Mumbai in July 2011 and India would have to take military action against Pakistan”.
Highlighting his relations with India he writes: “When it came to India, I argued that we needed a modern partnership – not one tinged with colonial guilt, but alive to the possibilities of the world’s oldest democracy and the world’s largest democracy”.Cameron further writes about Modi’s 2015 visit: “There were several ‘moments’, including the largest-ever gathering of the Indian diaspora in the UK at Wembley Stadium. Before introducing Modi, I told the 60,000-strong crowd that I envisaged a British-Indian entering 10 Downing Street as prime minister one day”.
“The roar of approval was incredible. And as Modi and I hugged on stage, I hoped that this small gesture...would be a signal of the open-armed eagerness with which Britain approached the world”, he continues.
Cameron was also the first British prime minister to visit Jallianwalla Bagh in Amritsar in the year 2013. He writes about the visit: “For a long time, friends and colleagues in the British Indian community had encouraged me to go to the Golden Temple in Amritsar”.
“This holiest of Sikh sites had been the scene of a massacre in 1919, when British Indian Army soldiers fired upon a peaceful public meeting, killing hundreds of people. No serving prime minister had ever been to Amritsar, let alone expressed regret for what happened”.
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