At a summit for the BRICS countries, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi called Pakistan a “mother-ship for terrorism"

Relations between the two countries have been especially bad following an attack by militants in September that left 18 Indian soldiers dead. Cross-border clashes in Kashmir have occurred intermittently since the attack. For its part, Pakistan downplays the attacks and claims it is a victim of Indian aggression.

The Cipher Take: Modi’s words on Pakistan are the latest in a string of remarks that suggest he is committed to taking a stronger, more active approach to Pakistan than that of previous Indian leaders. The forum for the comment suggests he also wanted China, a staunch supporter of Pakistan, to be on notice of this approach. In addition to its “surgical strikes” against militants in Pakistani territory, India has undertaken diplomatic measures to isolate Pakistan from the international community. It appears areas of common ground are running out.


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