Rajnath Singh to SAARC ministers: Stop glorifying terrorists

Cheryl Sanders
August 10, 2016

I also left then.

He said he had suggested to the SAARC Ministers that sanctions and bans imposed against terrorists by the global community have to be honoured.

Singh said that he cancelled a lunch meeting with his Pakistani counterpart but he left in his auto after inviting him, said Indian media reports. I will have to speak to the Ministry of External Affairs.

I will not comment whether Pakistan was right or wrong in not allowing coverage of his speech at SAARC summit, he stated.

Opposition parties backed the home minister and deplored Islamabad's conduct.

Stringent action should also be taken against persons involved in terrorism and their extradition should be ensured so that they can face the law, the Home Minister said.

During the Saarc meeting, a tense war of words ensued between Rajnath and Nisar after the Indian Home Minister indirectly implied that Pakistan sponsors terrorism.

Singh did not mention Pakistan by name but India accuses its neighbor of sheltering militants fighting against Indian rule in its part of divided Kashmir. However, he said Pakistan is not listening because at least three terrorists wanted by India Dawood Ibrahim and Hafiz Saeed and Zakir ur-Rehman Lakhvi, among others which he said were in Pakistan. The Pak premier had not only praised Wani, but also said that "Kashmir will one day become Pakistan".

On reports that his anti-terror speech was blacked out, Rajnath Singh said "it is difficult" to say if it was deliberately censored from being covered live or it was a norm for Saarc events.

There were also reports of Pakistan allegedly blacking out Singh's speech at the SAARC conference, which the Indian government later described as misleading. There is a lot of tension in the air and Pakistan even chose to black out his speech made at the conference.

Speaking about his address, Singh informed the House, "I urged all SAARC nations to neither glorify terror nor patronise terrorists".

Rajnath Singh said growing terrorism was a global threat and countries must come together to deal with the menace.

Replying to a question about the Pentagon's decision to withhold $300 million of defence aid to Pakistan over its alleged reluctance to act against the Haqqani network, Toner said that unlike the Pentagon, the State Department had continued its assistance and some of that included security assistance.

The remarks were an apparent reference to the stance adopted by Pakistan on slain Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani and the subsequent unrest in Kashmir that left about 50 people dead last month.

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