India dismisses reports of blackout of Rajnath Singh’s speech at SAARC

Singh was in Islamabad to attend the 7th SAARC Home/Interior Ministers' conference during which he raised issues on cross-border terrorism.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: August 4, 2016 5:55 pm
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India on Thursday described the reports of a ‘blackout’ of Home Minister Rajnath Singh’s statement during the SAARC ministerial meeting as “misleading”.

“With reference to the Home Ministers meeting in Islamabad earlier today, media reports of a ‘blackout’ of our Home Minister’s statement are misleading.”

“It is the standard SAARC practice that the opening statement by the host country is public and open to the media while the rest of the proceedings are in camera, which allows for a full and frank discussion of issues,” a government source said.

The reaction came after there were reports that Rajnath Singh’s speech was reportedly blacked out as media organisations were not allowed to cover the 7th SAARC Home/Interior Ministers’ conference.

The only broadcaster allowed inside the venue was state-owned Pakistan Television, the reports said.

READ: Rajnath Singh at SAARC meet in Pakistan: Mere condemnation of terror not enough

The eight-member SAARC grouping comprises Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

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    Aug 4, 2016 at 1:48 pm
    I.E please correct your headings " India dismisses reports of blackout of Rajnath Singh’s speech at SAARC" But it should be "stan dismisses reports of blackout of Rajnath Singh’s speech at SAARC" to avoid misreading and misunderstandings
    1. D
      Aug 5, 2016 at 1:08 pm
      indian leaders are thinking themselves as superpower of the world. they are killer, butcher and wild beast, considering the activities, they have been doing in south asian contries like bhutan, sri lanka, maldives and nepal. they are unable to make any interfarence in Pkiastan as bania is always afraid of stani army. the so called super power is still unable to control occupied kashmir despite having million of army. shamful for the superpower. the superpower which is yet to build toilets in their country. very dirty country and it is like a garbage box of the world.
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        Hitesh Sachdev
        Aug 4, 2016 at 12:00 pm
        stan is the 2nd worst thing that can happen to earth after ISIS. It should be named Na-stan! Cheap country reacts as expected.
        1. M
          Aug 8, 2016 at 3:43 pm
          India and Indian must read wall chalking. They can never deny the right of speech to Kashmiries and their right to live freely as enshrine in their consution and UN resolutions.
          1. A
            Aug 4, 2016 at 10:54 am
            Not even Barkha ?
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