Union Home Minister of India Rajnath Singh will visit Pakistan to attend this year’s 19th South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) summit. The summit will be held on 3rd and 4th August.
The SAARC summit is for the Interior/Home ministers of the member nations. The point that Rajnath Singh will attend the meeting in Pakistan is significant as he slammed Pakistan last week for interfering into the internal matter of India, recent Kashmir violence. Sources told to ANI, the Home Minister will raise the issue of cross border terrorism in the meeting. India is eager to have the bilateral talk to SAARC member countries including Pakistan’s Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan.
After a high-level meeting in Srinagar, Singh stated at a press conference that the neighbor country should understand that instigating the youth to hold weapons is wrong. Holding Pakistan responsible Singh directly pointed out that India doesn’t want any third party’s involvement for solving Kashmir’s situation. “We don’t need third party’s involvement to address the situation that prevails in Jammu & Kashmir.” He also said that the neighbor country itself is a victim of terrorism so Pakistan shouldn’t encourage Kashmir for violence.
According to the Ministry of Home Affairs, in the summit India will also emphasize the Pathankote issue. The neighbor country promised India for reciprocity in the Pathankote case. In the summit, the Home Ministry will remind Pakistan of its promise. However, Pakistan allowed Indian investigator team in their country to inspect India’s biggest terror attack in 2016.
At the 13th SAARC meeting in Dhaka, 2005, the Heads of States decided that the Interior/Home Ministers summit headed by the Interior/Home Secretaries would annually meet to discuss about the border terrorism and strengthen cooperation in the area of counter terrorism.
The Interior/Home Ministers’ first SAARC summit was held in Dhaka on 11th May, 2006 and next year India hosted the second summit in New Delhi. The SAARC meeting for the Interior/Home Ministers has been taking place regularly since 2006.