Terrorists Shouldn't Be Eulogised As Martyrs, Says Rajnath Singh

Cheryl Sanders
August 11, 2016

Answering a question about Pakistan's efforts, Toner said the administration believes that Pakistan has taken and is taking steps to counter terrorist violence and certainly focusing on those groups that threaten its stability.

He added that Pakistan has thus far, not ratified this Convention, as well as SAARC Terrorist Offenses Monitoring Desk (STOMD) and SAARC Drug Offenses Monitoring Desk (SDOMD).

No bilateral meeting between the Indian home minister and his Pakistani counterpart took place. No media coverage of Singh's address was permitted, according to ANI.

Rajnath Singh called for "strongest action not only against terrorists or organisations but also against those individuals, organisations and nations which support terrorism".

Meanwhile, India described the reports of a "blackout" during Singh's statement at the SAARC ministerial meeting as misleading. Only Pakistan state PTV was allowed to cover introductory speeches of Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Interior Minister Chaudhary Nisar Ali Khan.

Rajnath had raised the issue of terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir in his speech. He suggested that effective measures should be taken to ensure that those involved in terrorist acts do not escape prosecution and punishment, and are extradited so that they can not escape prosecution.

Pak claimed that Singh left SAARC meet at Kashmir's mention; India denied. "It is good that Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Rajnath Singh now understand that their policy towards Pakistan was not correct", said Congress leader Sandeep Dikshit.

"I am hesitant to say if they (Pakistanti authorities) had behaved as per the norms and protocol", he said.

Rajnath also spoke about why he skipped a lunch hosted by the Pakistan government. "Yeh padosi hai ki maanta hi nahi hai", Rajnath said, amid a thunderous applause from members. But then he left in his auto.

Several members had appreciated Singh for "boycotting" the lunch and criticised Pakistan for not showing due courtesy to the visiting Indian Home Minister.

Kashmiris burn a representation of an Indian flag as they chant slogans outside the Foreign Office in Islamabad, Pakistan, Thursday, Aug. 4, 2016.

It was the first visit by an Indian minister to Pakistan after the January attack on the Indian Air Force base at Pathankot, also blamed on Pakistani terrorists.

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