“I have placed India’s stand across in Islamabad. I will now speak in Parliament,” Singh said after arriving at Delhi airport.
Earlier, there was controversy regarding his visit to Pakistan protests erupted in the neighboring country ahead of the visit. However, Rajnath spoke strongly at the meet and raised the issue of terrorism affecting South Asian nations.
“Terrorism is terrorism and there should be no glorification of terrorists as martyrs,” he said at the meet. He also took on Pakistan and told the gathering that ‘those who support terrorists shall be cornered’.
There were reports of his speech being blacked out by the media in Pakistan and Indian media-persons not being allowed to cover the event. However, Indian authorities later clarified that it was a standard practice to not allow speeches of interior ministers at SAARC meeting to be covered by media. “It is done to ensure full and frank discussion of the issues,” a government souce told news agency PTI.
Home Minister Rajnath Singh’s visit to Pakistan comes in the backdrop of Kashmir unrest after killing of Hizbul Mujahideen militant Burhan Wani. There have been heated exchange of words between India and Pakistan after the incident.
While Pakistan Prime Minister reiterated his stand ahead of SAARC meet that Kashmir ‘was not an interior matter of India’, HM Rajnath Singh made it clear in his speech that there could be no distinction like ‘good terrorists’ or ‘bad terrorists’.