Pakistan’s Information and Broadcasting Minister Fawad Chaudhry has said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi was trying to “divert the attention of the people of India” from Rafale deal to “external issues”.
In his opinion, the Rafale deal is Prime Minister Modi’s “Panama”, referring to the corruption probe that led to imprisonment of former Pakistan premier Nawaz Sharif.
“We think that Rafale is [the] Panama of Prime Minister Modi,” Fawad Chaudhry said in an interview to India Today TV. “The way his friend Nawaz Sharif is ousted in [the] Panama [case]…I think it’s the same thing that’s going on in India.”
He said that Mr Modi was “in serious trouble on [the] Rafale deal,” and that he was trying to “divert the attention of the people of India” from the deal to “external issues”.
“If the BJP and Prime Minister Modi…fought their war inside India, we would have no problem. But the problem is that they are trying to shift their controversy…they are trying divert the attention by using the name of Pakistan. That is the…funniest part, and also I would say, frankly, it shows that for them, politics is more important than the people,” he said.
India has cancelled a scheduled meeting between its foreign ministers and her Pakistan counterpart on the sidelines of UNGA in New York.