‘This is not the same’ – New Delhi slams PM Modi’s remarks on Kashmir

New Delhi: India’s new prime minister Narendra Modi has criticised Pakistan-based Islamic scholar Maulana Masood Azhar for criticising India’s decision to release five Indian prisoners on bail and called the Indian government a “corrupt and inept” institution.

Speaking at a joint press conference with the US president, Mr Modi said that India has not received the right response from Pakistan and urged it to “stop playing politics with our sovereignty”.

He also said that his government has a plan to tackle the Kashmir issue and has asked the US to provide support for it.

Mr Modi’s comments came as he was attending a joint media briefing with Mr Trump in New Delhi.

Mr Azhar was among the five released from jail by India on Tuesday after they were convicted in the 2008 Mumbai attacks in which 166 people were killed.

The US is India’s second biggest trade partner and has also been critical of Islamabad’s handling of the issue.

Mr Trump said he was “very encouraged” by Mr Modi’s speech and congratulated the Indian people on a “good day” that has seen the release of the five convicts.

“Our relationship with India is very good,” Mr Trump said.

“I’m very encouraged to see the positive signs that have been coming out of the Indian side, particularly on the Kashmir question.

I’m very proud of India, we’re very close.”

The two leaders also discussed the upcoming Winter Olympics in the US and the issue of Kashmir.

The Indian prime minister said that it was a “mistake” to have allowed the US embassy in New York to be damaged by an arsonist during the Indian protests against the Olympics in 1996.

India and Pakistan have fought two wars over Kashmir, which both claim.

India’s President Pranab Mukherjee, who was in New Jersey for the first time since taking office, also said he hoped for a positive outcome from the upcoming summit between the two leaders.

The summit comes after a week of tense exchanges between the US President Donald Trump and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

In his first address to the nation on Tuesday, Mr Trump called on Pakistan to “take the consequences of the killing of Indian civilians by terrorist organisations” and promised to “do everything in my power to improve relations”.

“We have to work together to defeat terrorism and extremism.

I look forward to continuing the constructive dialogue with you and our allies,” Mr Modi told the nation in a speech on Tuesday.

Pakistan has denied involvement in the Mumbai attacks, which claimed 166 lives.