Need Atmosphere Free Of Terror: Modi To Pakistan PM

23/03/2015 4:38 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST
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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, listens to a speaker as he attends a function to mark recent canonization of two Indians by the Vatican in New Delhi, India, Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015. Indian saints Eufrasia Eluvathingal and Kuriakose Elias Chavara were canonized by Pope Francis in November last year. Amidst the controversies on attacks against churches in northern India, Modi Tuesday assured the minorities that his government will not tolerate any overt or covert disruption of Indian secularism. (AP Photo/Saurabh Das)

NEW DELHI — Against the backdrop of two back-to-back attacks in Jammu, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today told his Pakistan counterpart Nawaz Sharif that an atmosphere free of terror and violence is required for resolving all outstanding issues through a bilateral dialogue.

He underlined the message to Sharif on Pakistan's National Day while greeting him in a letter.

"I have written to Pakistan PM Mr. Nawaz Sharif, conveying my greetings on the National Day of Pakistan," Modi tweeted.

"It is my firm conviction that all outstanding issues can be resolved through bilateral dialogue in an atmosphere free from terror & violence," he said in another tweet.

The Prime Minister's emphasis on atmosphere free from terror and violence assumes significance as only last week Jammu and Kashmir was hit by two attacks in as many days in Kathua and Samba areas.

The first attack was carried out by terrorists on a police station in Kathua and the next day an army camp was targeted in Samba.

The attacks are believed to have been carried out by Pakistan-backed terrorists.

India had recently sent its Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar to Pakistan where he met his counterpart and some political leaders.

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