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Rajnath Singh at SAARC Summit: ‘Strongest Action’ Is Required Against Terrorism

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The Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh gave a strong message to Pakistan, asking the neighboring nation to stop encouraging terror groups and ‘glorification’ of terrorists. He is now in Islamabad to attend SAARC summit. He had delivered a stern speech and said a ‘strongest action’ is required against the nation who supporting terrorism; only then the victims of terrorist attack will get justice such as Pathankot and Mumbai.

He alleged there are ‘no good terrorists or bad terrorists’, his comment came against the Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s praise that Burhan Wani is not a terrorist but a martyr. Sharif had said that Pakistan would extend moral, diplomatic and political support for Kashmiris.

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At the 7th SAARC Home Interior and Home Ministers’ conference Singh spoke that South Asian countries are deeply affected by the terrorism. It is the biggest threat to the nations’ peace. The most recent terror cases are Pathankot, Kabul, Dhaka, and many other places. Strong condemnation of this terror attack is not enough. The nations should take strongest steps to eliminate this threat.

Any state should not patronize terrorism. “One country’s terrorist cannot be a martyr or freedom fighter for anyone. I also speak for the entire humanity — not just for India or other SAARC members — in urging that in no circumstances should terrorists be eulogized as martyrs.”

Singh called for completion of the SAARC Regional Convention on Suppression of Terrorism and its protocol said it is important in the common fight against terrorism. The Convention included those who committing heinous crime like terrorism, can’t get away from prosecution and punishment.

He called for an immediate confirmation of the SAARC Convention on Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters. “We have not been able to benefit from the Convention, as some member states are yet to ratify it.”

The Home Minister criticized the misuse of technology which increased the threat called terrorism, circulation of fake currency, security of women and children and drug trafficking.

He thanked the Pakistani government for the excellent arrangements made for hosting this summit and outstanding hospitality for him and his delegation.

But Interior minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan didn’t support the Home Minister’s indirect allegation against Pakistan. He said everyone should respect the rights of people and every nation should not suppress the legitimate freedom struggle in the name of the fight against terrorism.

He emphasized that Pakistan itself is a victim of terrorism, there’s no point to blame each other, instead of that every country should sit together to try and discuss a solution that might harbor towards each other.

Later, Singh skipped the lunch hosted by Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan. Despite being the host, Khan left the venue immediately after the meeting got over. Singh then decided to skip the lunch.

Suchismita Biswas
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