I had not gone to Pakistan to have lunch: Rajnath Singh in Rajya Sabha

Rajnath Singh also confirmed the Indian media blackout of his SAARC address by Pakistan

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: August 5, 2016 7:35 pm
rajnath singh, rajnath in pakistan, rajnath singh pakistan visit, rajnath singh media, rajnath singh saarc, pakistan, pakistan news Home Minister Rajnath Singh leaves from Parliament house during the monsoon session in New Delhi on Wednesday. (PTI Photo by Vijay Verma)

A day after his visit to Pakistan, Home Minister Rajnath Singh confirmed in a statement in the Rajya Sabha that Indian journalists accompanying him were not allowed to cover his speech at the SAARC summit. But he added that he was not aware of the protocol norms followed during previous events.

“As far as the reported blacking out of my speech is concerned, I am not aware of protocol norms followed during previous events. I will have to speak to the Ministry of External Affairs. I don’t know if it was a precedent. I cannot say anything on that, but they did what they could,” he said.

Members of Parliament condemned Pakistan’s move of blacking out the Home Minister’s address and said they took strong exception to it.

Singh also said he cancelled the luncheon meeting as he had not gone there to have lunch.

“It is true that Pakistan Interior Minister (Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan) invited everyone for lunch. But then he left in his car. I also left. I have no complaints or grudges as I had not gone there to have lunch,” Singh said.

The Home Minister reiterated in both Houses of Parliament that there should be no ‘glorification’ or patronising of terrorists.

WATCH VIDEO: SAARC Meet: Rajnath Singh Talks Tough On Terror In Pakistan

 

“I took a strong stand against terrorism at the SAARC meeting. I requested all member countries not to glorify terrorists or treat them as freedom fighters,” Singh said. In a veiled jibe at Pakistan, Singh said there be no distinction between good and bad terrorists and asked for international sanctions to be respected.

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    Amy Amy
    Aug 6, 2016 at 1:32 am
    Rajnath, sorry to hear you missed your paya lunch buffet.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Focus on issues within India first. Stop the showmanship of visiting stan etc. Have a very proactive plan to stem terrorism in Kashmir, am, Nagaland, etc. Show some real results and not PR propaa that you and Modi are so infamous for. Give us dates by when you will restore law and order in all states. Also, stop stealing public funds for personal gain.
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      Muhammad Bilal
      Aug 5, 2016 at 9:55 am
      The only extremist and terrorist nation on earth is india, whose Prime Minister is also a terroirst and his ministers like rajnat are playing bloody game in kashmir. Basically indian govt. running a terrorist organization known as RAW against all the neighbouring countries.
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        Yakobi
        Aug 5, 2016 at 3:30 pm
        A d o g has to be treated like a hin du filthy d o g, so was this, believer of hindrance to truth hind uism d o g is, self center ism by faith, hind filth of hind uism denial of truth by faith, has no place one a dinner table of a human being, he was treated, as a hin du out law by faith deserves to be treated. just like his own kind, a d o g.
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          Yakobi
          Aug 5, 2016 at 5:18 pm
          A d o g has to be treated like a hin du filthy d o g, so was this, believer of hindrance to truth hind uism d o g is, self center ism by faith, hind filth of hind uism denial of truth by faith, has no place one a dinner table of a human being, he was treated, as a hin du out law by faith deserves to be treated. just like his own kind, a d o g.
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            Yakobi
            Aug 6, 2016 at 12:27 am
            Because hindrance to truth hin duism racism is a crime against humanity, it is a crime against humanity, to allow hi ndu do gs, criminal self centered in human form to exist.
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              Yakobi
              Aug 5, 2016 at 9:19 pm
              It is a hindu tradition, not Muslim, check out worship of lord of hindus Vishnu .
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                Yakobi
                Aug 5, 2016 at 4:51 pm
                What is common between word Jahil and hin du? both means the same, in hindrance to truth, self self centered, just like word do g, self centered by nature and foundation of hind uism racism, as a faith, a crime against humanity.
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                  Yakobi
                  Aug 5, 2016 at 5:35 pm
                  Ya, hin du stupid lan goti. fore runner of national dress of sons of hindu crooked languor, langoti.
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