“There is no good or bad terrorism. I urged all members that terrorists should not be glorified or patronised.”

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news SAARC Friday, August 05, 2016 - 12:05

Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday made it clear that he was not treated well in Pakistan, confirming that he skipped a lunch hosted by his counterpart during a meeting of Saarc ministers.

"It is true that Pakistan Interior Minister (Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan) invited everyone for lunch. But then he left in his car. I also left. I have no complaints or grudges as I had not gone there to have lunch," Rajnath Singh told the Rajya Sabha.

The minister spoke a day after he returned after a two-day Pakistan visit during which he attended a meeting of interior ministers of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (Saarc). 

The minister said the Indian media accompanying him was not allowed in when he was making the speech on terrorism at the conference.

"But as far as the reported blacking out of my speech is concerned, I am not aware of protocol norms followed during previous events. Will have to speak to the Ministry of External Affairs on that."

He said he won't comment if Pakistan was right or wrong in not allowing the coverage. 

"I don't know if it was a precedent. I cannot say anything about that. But they did whatever they could,"

The Home Minister  also said he told Pakistan not to glorify terrorism and urged all Saarc nations to respect United Nations ban on terror oufits.

“I told them that strongest action must be taken not just against the terrorists but also those who support terrorism,” Rajnath Singh told the Rajya Sabha, a day after he returned from a two-day Pakistan visit to attend the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (Saarc) interior ministers meeting.

The home minister said he suggested to the Saarc member countries that the “ban on terror outfits by the UN must be respected”.

“There is no good or bad terrorism. I urged all members that terrorists should not be glorified or patronised.”

He said as South Asia “suffers from terrorism, India's message is for peace and humanity and that terrorism is the biggest enemy of humanity". 

Pakistan hosted the Saarc meeting amid a bloody unrest in the Kashmir Valley that has left more than 50 people dead in clashes between security forces and Kashmiri protesters in nearly a month of turmoil.

In Islamabad, the home minister criticised the Pakistan government for describing slain pro-Pakistan Kashmiri rebel commander Burhan Wani as a "martyr".

Wani's killing triggered the Kashmir unrest - blamed on Pakistan by India.
 

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