BJP responsible for Rajnath Singh's insult in Pakistan, says Singhvi

Laura Christensen
August 7, 2016

Denying any difference between home ministry and his ministry on Singh's visit, MEA spokesperson Vikas Swarup said, "India will take up the issue of restrictive access of Indian journalists to SAARC summit".

During SAARC Home Ministers' meet, I urged all members that terrorists should not be glorified nor should they be patronised, Rajnath Singh said in Rajya Sabha.

On the context of Pakistan Interior Minister Chudhary Nisar Ali Khan's indifferent attitude, he said, "After the meeting ended, the HM (Khan) invited all the representatives for lunch and then he left himself. I did what I wanted to do".

The Home Minister criticised the Pakistan government for supporting terrorism.

Asserting that terrorist in one nation can not be a martyr for another, he asked SAARC nations including Pakistan to take effective steps against state and non-state actors supporting terrorism and extradite persons involved in it. Singh said strongest action should be initiated not only against terrorists but also against organisations, individuals and nations supporting terror. Singh insisted that the bans and sanctions imposed against terrorists by the global community have to be honoured.

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Noting that Congress was "angry and saddened" by the manner in which the Indian Home Minister was treated, he said it showed that India's foreign policy and, especially Pakistan policy, is "lying in tatters". "I also left", he said while making a statement in both Houses of Parliament.

In his critique of Pakistan's larger point about the ferment in the disputed state of Jammu and Kashmir, Mr Singh said: "All our PMs have done their best to improve relations with our neighbours but yeh padosi hai ki maanta hi nahin hai (this neighbour never listens)". Ramgopal Yadav of Samajwadi Party said Pakistan is allowing its soil for use by terrorists against India. Even, the Pakistani private television news channels were not allowed to telecast Singh's speech.

An Islamabad-based news agency claimed that during the Thursday's meeting of SAARC Interior Ministers which lasted for some three hours, Rajnath went to the toilet for six to eight times.

"When I was going to the hotel, some people were standing and protesting".

Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad said it was a "disappointing" behaviour on part of the host country. But then he left in his vehicle. Senior leader questioned the BJP leadership as Why was Rajnath Singh was allowed to be mistreated like this?. Will have to speak to the Ministry of External Affairs on that.

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