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Will engage with Pak for peace, forces free to answer back:PM

New Delhi, June 27 (PTI) Prime Minister Narendra Modi today asserted that India's efforts for engagement with Pakistan is on with peace as supreme objective but the forces have "full freedom to answer back" in whatever manner they have to.

He also said there are different types of forces operating in Pakistan but India engages only with a democraticallyelected system.

To a question about his "uncompromising approach" towards Pakistan in May 2014 and about the killing of eight CRPF soldiers near Srinagar on Saturday, Modi said India India has always wanted friendly ties with its neighbours over which there can be no debate.

"Those who have to work from the table, will work from the table and those who have to work at the border, will work at border with full strength.

"Each one will fulfil the responsibility entrusted to them. And our jawans are fulfilling their responsibilities.

It's true that pressure on terrorists has increased, their schemes are proving unsuccessful.

"The intent with which they move forward are foiled and they have to face major challenges. It is because of this disappointment that such incidents are taking place and our jawans are risking their lives and protecting the country. We are very proud of our Jawans," he said. .

Cong dubs S Swamy as "nuclear fissile material"

New Delhi, June 27 (PTI) Congress today took a veiled dig at Subramanian Swamy describing the controversial BJP MP as "nuclear fissile material" brought in Parliament by the ruling party which was bound to "implode" it.

"They have brought nuclear fissile material in Parliament and has kept it there. It will implode them. (Finance Minister Arun) Jaitley is feeling being imploded", party spokesman Kapil Sibal told reporters without taking the name of Swamy.

Apparently referring to Swamy's attacks on Jaitley, RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan and Finance Ministry officials, he said that such a thing had never happened during the UPA rule.

"What is the use of the Prime Minister now disapproving Swamy's attacks when RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan has already said no to a second term", he said replying to a question on Prime Minister's response to the issue in an interview.

He also suggested that the Prime Minister, who has completed two years in office, should address a press conference, instead of giving an interview to a news channel.

"Modiji, have a press conference. Let our journalists ask you questions. This is better than an interview with one person", he remarked.

He also attacked the Prime Minister and the BJP for targeting Congress over the Emergency imposed 41 years back when Indira Gandhi was at the helm. "How do you have an anniversary on Emergency & how do you do a 'Mann ki Baat' on Emergency", he wondered.

Alleging that there was a "silent emergency" in place since the Modi government took over, he claimed that even BJP veteran L K Advani had spoken of the danger.

Advani, he recalled, had remarked sometime back that "at the present point of time the forces that can crush democracy, notwithstanding the provisions of the Constitution and legal safeguards, are stronger."

Insisting that the issue of Emergency was being raised by the ruling party for "petty politics", he said the Emergency of 1975 can never happen today because of amendments in the Constitution.

Taking a dig at the government, he reminded it that there are "many emergencies in India to be dealt with like farmers emergency, drought emergency & unemployment emergencies. Deal with them.

India's entry into MTCR due to a deal with Italy:Cong

New Delhi, Jun 27 (PTI) Congress today claimed that India became a fullmember of the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR) as a result of a "deal" with Italy by the Narendra Modi government on the issue of two Italian marines.

Party spokesman Kapil Sibal claimed that India's entry into the MTCR followed a "deal" with Italy by the Modi government on the issue of the marines charged in a case of killing two Indian fishermen.

He said while India was becoming a member of the MTCR, Italy was the only country opposing its entry and the "ghar wapsi" (sending back home) of the Italian Marines paved the way for the agreement.

India today joined the MTCR as a full member and said its entry would be mutually beneficial to enhance global nonproliferation norms.

Marking India's first entry into any multilateral export control regime, Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar signed the instrument of accession to MTCR in the presence of France's Ambassadordesignate Alexandre Ziegler, The Netherlands' Ambassador Alphonsus Stoelinga and Luxembourg's Charg d'Affaires Laure Huberty.

India's entry into MTCR comes days after it failed to get NSG membership due to stiff opposition from China and a few other countries.

Asked about the Prime Minister's veiled attack on the Congress over the GST issue, Sibal said that Modi instead of going to Washington seven time to meet Barack Obama, should have at least once visited droughthit Marathwada to meet poor farmers then "We would have believed him that he thinks of poor".

He was asked to react on Modi's reported remarks that GST Bill will benefit the poor and there is only one political party which is not allowing it to pass.

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