NEW DELHI: Recently, Home Minister Rajnath Singh explained why he chose to go to Pakistan despite the recent events in Kashmir and strong protests. Speaking in Khunti, Jharkhand he told ANI: “There is no doubt that terrorism receives encouragement from Pakistan. First I thought I would not go (for SAARC meet in Pak) but then I saw reports of terrorist organisations holding protest against my visit in Pak. I told my officials that they are not provoking Rajnath Singh but an Indian representative and now I’ll definitely go for SAARC meet in Pak.”
Upon returning from Pakistan, Rajnath had said in Rajya Sabha: “A terrorist in one nation cannot be a martyr or freedom fighter for anyone,” he said. “They should not make the mistake of distinguishing between good terrorism and bad terrorism,” he said. “It is necessary to take all effective steps against states or non-state actors encouraging or supporting terrorism.” To ensure that terrorism is not encouraged, it was necessary that stringent action is not just initiated against terrorists but also against persons, organisations, institutions and states supporting them, Singh said.
He had also said, ‘I did not see whether my speech was covered live or not. The media personnel from DD, ANI and PTI reporters who had come from India were not allowed to enter. I will not comment whether Pakistan was right or wrong in not allowing coverage of my speech at the SAARC summit. About the ‘blackout’, I will need to ask the Ministry of External Affairs about protocol of past occasions. I have no knowledge of the protocol of past occasions.’ On why Pakistan’s Interior Minister Choudhary Nisar Ali Khan left the lunch organised by him for SAARC ministers, Singh said, ‘I don’t want to comment on how they treated me. The Home Minister did invite everyone at lunch, but went away after that. I also left then. I have no grudges as I wasn’t there to have lunch. I did not go there to have lunch. I did not register any protest there.’