In an address to his Bharatiya Janata Party members on Thursday, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged each and every compatriot to “stand as a wall, as a rock in the face of their objective”.
Modi stressed that his countrymen should unite as “the enemy seeks to destabilise India”, without mentioning Pakistan by name.
“The entire country is one today and standing with our soldiers. The world is looking at our collective will and we have faith in our forces’ capacity," Modi said, pledging that India will “fight and win as one”.
The statement comes after UN Spokesperson Stephane Dujarric urged New Delhi and Islamabad on Wednesday to “urgently take steps to lower tensions through meaningful, mutual engagement and meet their responsibilities to maintain peace and security in the region”.
Earlier on Wednesday, India and Pakistan engaged in an air battle, just a day after the IAF carried out an airstrike against a Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) terrorist camp located in the Pakistani-controlled part of the Kashmir region.
The Pakistani Army arrested an Indian pilot whose jet was shot down after entering Pakistani airspace.
India named JeM leader Maulana Masood Azhar as the person responsible for ordering the attack and accused Pakistan of having a "direct hand" in the bombing. Islamabad has rejected the allegations, blaming New Delhi for human rights violations in Kashmir.