Without naming Pakistan, Prime Minister Modi said, "Growing forces of violence and terror pose a fundamental challenge. There are some nations that use it as an instrument of state policy. Indeed, one single nation in South Asia is spreading these agents of terror in the countries of our region. India has a zero-tolerance policy toward terrorism. For us, a terrorist is a terrorist."
Relations between India and neighboring Pakistan have continued to sour ever since Pakistan declared that the Hizbul Mujahedeen terrorist Burhan Wani, who was killed by Indian security forces in Kashmir, was a martyr. Pakistan has accused India of human rights violations in the Kashmir Valley. Meanwhile, India has accused Pakistan of funding and fueling the unrest in the Kashmir Valley.