Rajnath Singh to visit Pakistan in August, attend Saarc meet

During his visit to Pakistan, Home Minister Rajnath Singh is likely to raise the issue of cross-border terrorism at the Saarc meeting. The first meeting of SAARC Interior/Home Ministers was held in Dhaka on May 11, 2006 followed by a meeting in New Delhi in 2007.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: July 29, 2016 12:44 pm
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Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh will – early next month – visit Pakistan to attend the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation’s (SAARC) meeting of Home/Interior Ministers. The meeting is scheduled to take place on August 3 and 4. Sources have told news agency ANI that Home Minister Singh will raise the issue of cross-border terrorism at the meeting.

The meeting in Pakistan is significant as Singh last week slammed the neighbour state for interfering in India’s internal affairs – the current unrest in Kashmir.

Holding Pakistan responsible for the violence in Kashmir, Home Minister Rajnath Singh had said that the neighbouring country must understand that instigating youth to pick up weapons is not correct. “I want to tell my neighbour that instigating our youth to pick up weapons is not correct,” Singh said at a press conference after a high-level meeting in Srinagar. Singh, in a direct reference to Pakistan, said India does not need third party’s involvement to address the situation in Kashmir. “We don’t need third party’s involvement to address the situation that prevails in Jammu & Kashmir,” he said, adding that Pakistan itself is a victim of terrorism and it must not encourage violence in Kashmir.

At the 13th SAARC Summit held in Dhaka in November 2005, the Heads of State decided that the SAARC Interior/Home Ministers would meet annually preceded by a meeting of the Interior/Home Secretaries to strengthen cooperation in the area of counter-terrorism, which they agreed was a challenge to all states and a threat to humanity, and could not be justified on any grounds.

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The first meeting of SAARC Interior/Home Ministers was held in Dhaka on May 11, 2006, followed by a meeting in New Delhi in 2007.

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    Satendra kumar
    Jul 28, 2016 at 5:38 am
    SAARC-members should focus on terrorism and organised criminalog and illegal and unauthorised financiers also for destabilising this terrorist organisation who make unproductive unwanted disruptive in the civilised society.
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      Maniktripathy
      Jul 28, 2016 at 6:09 am
      Please do not forget to eat and bring biryani back for Tau....
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        Trun
        Jul 28, 2016 at 5:39 am
        Sir Ji don't forget to take saree for sharif sahab. Bahut dino sey due hey.
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          george
          Jul 28, 2016 at 6:05 am
          Take your family too for sightseeing..no one takes you seriously anyway. So enjoy.
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            Arvind
            Jul 28, 2016 at 6:09 am
            The people of India Wish Rajnath Singhji a happy journey to stan and return safely to Delhi..
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              Jai
              Jul 28, 2016 at 6:52 am
              Please take Barkha Dutt and Rajdeep along with u
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                b khosla
                Jul 28, 2016 at 7:13 am
                This time it will be the Home Minister Rajnath Singh who will be hugging Nawaz Shariff and congratulating stan. The PM has done enough of friendly bonhomie with stan. What is wrong with our Netas always falling for stan's schemes - cannot they see through their game plan - 'Bleed India with a thousand cuts'
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                  ASHOK KUMAR
                  Jul 28, 2016 at 9:30 am
                  At how many forums will you repeat that stan is a training ground for terrorists. Enough is enough, it is time for Modi to show his 56 inches chest to 125 crore Indians, who voted him to power.
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