In what can invoke a new war of words between the two countries, Home Minister Rajnath Singh’s speech on Thursday was curtailed by Pakistan at the SAARC Summit, held in Islamabad. Singh arrived in Pakistan on Wednesday amid protests organized by the Hizbul Mujahideen leader Hafiz Saeed. During his speech at the SAARC conference, the Indian Home Minister said that there is no good or bad terrorism and one shouldn’t eulogize terrorists in the name of martyrs. It was during his speech that the media was blocked from covering it.
Only Pakistan state PTV was allowed to cover introductory speeches of Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Interior Minister Chaudhary Nisar Ali Khan, even private Pakistani media was discouraged from doing so. Here are live updates on Rajnath Singh’ speech in Parliament about his visit in Pakistan.
11.50 am: Dost badal jaate hai par padosi nahi badalte. Our Prime Minister has been amiable to Pakistan. We have always tried to work out our relationship with them. Par ye padosi hai ki maanta hi nahi: Rajnath Singh in Rajya Sabha
11.48 am: As far as blacking out of speech concerned, not aware of protocol norms followed during previous events, will have to gather info from MEA, says Home Minister.
11.47 am: It is true that the Pakistani counterpart didn’t attend the lunch meet inspite of being the host. I did what i feel was the best. Main wahan bhojan karne nahi gaya tha. Mujhe shikayat nahi hai, says Singh.
11.45 am: Whether my speech was covered or not or was it a part of a protocol, I didn’t notice that much. However, our media wasn’t allowed in the premises there, says Home Minister.
11.43 am: I thank all the ministers present here for supporting me and standing up against terrorism, says Rajnath Singh
11.36 am: Did the home Minister bring up the issue of how the youth is getting carried away the so called ‘good terrorism’? Reports have it, thet Pakistan has the maximum number of such youth groups, asks Kanimozhi, DMK in Rajya Sabha
11.31 am: Pakistan’s behaviour towards our Home Minister was disappointing. As per sources, media blockage during Rajnath Singh’s speech was a part of the protocol. Which I beleive is a true fact, says Sharad Yadav, JD(U) in Rajya Sabha
11.29 am: When the Home Minister was talking there, Pakistan deliberatley censored the coverage. Their attitude towards our country was not at all good, says Ram Gopal Yadav, SP in Rajya Sabha
11.27 am: We support the Home Minister for taking such a strong stand in Pakistan. But the way the media should have covered your speech and its behaviour towars India, I would request you to speak to the Prime Minister to consider our relations with Pakistan once again, says Mayawati
11.25 am: Your speech was deliberately blacked out. Was that the case or was it a protocol? I would like some clarification from the Home Minister, asks Derek O’Brien in Rajya Sabha
11.24 am: The differences between our parties (BJP and Congress) should remain in India. The fact that Pakistani media was disallowed from covering our Home Minister’s speech, we condemn it. The host was not present in the conference, which is a very disappointing fact, says Ghulam Nabi Azad in Rajya Sabha
11.21 am: The whole House would like to congratulate the Home Minister for his stand on terrorism in Pakistan. But did he speak to Nawaz Sharif telling him that they should concentrate on their country and not on ours when it comes to issues related to Kashmir, says Subramanian Swamy in Rajaya Sabha
11.17 am: I asserted that a terrorist for one nation cannot be a martyr for another. Nobody should support them: Rajnath Singh in Rajya Sabha
11.16 am: We shouldn’t differentiate between good or bad terrorism. Terrorism is terrorism. We should gear up against this evil and fight against it, says Singh
11.15 am: All countries present at SAARC conference condemned terrorism and I even appealed to them to not glorify terrorists, says Rajnath Singh at Rajya Sabha
11.11 am: The Home Minister should not have gone to Pakistan. Now that it is done, Pakistan should apologize to him and we should call off our ties with the country, says Sanjay Raut, Shiv Sena.
10.30 am: Home Minister Rajnath Singh to talk about his Pakistan visit in Parliament at 12 pm today.