Home Minister Rajnath Singh came out all guns blazing against Pakistan at the SAARC summit, where without naming the neighbour country, he said that “one nation’s terrorists cannot be another’s martyrs or soldiers.” Rajnath Singh, whose speech at the SAARC meet in Pakistan was blacked out yesterday, has given a statement in the Parliament, elaborating on all that he said the meeting of Home Ministers at SAARC. Rajnath Singh found support from all parties in the Parliament, who appreciated his stand against terrorism in Pakistan, and also condemned the neighbour country’s act of censoring the Home Minister’s speech. We take a look at 5 key things Rajnath Singh said in the Parliament today:
1) At the SAARC meet, almost all nations condemned terrorism, said Rajnath Singh. “On behalf of India, I strongly condemned terrorism. I said that in South Asia if there is one biggest threat to peace and prosperity, it is terrorism,” Singh said, adding that he asked all members (of SAARC) to resolve, that terrorism would be destroyed from its roots.
2) Rajnath Singh urged all SAARC nations to neither glorify terror nor patronize terrorists. “I said that one nation’s terrorist cannot be another’s martyr or soldier. Not only should one act against terrorists and their organizations, but also people, institutions and countries that support them,” Singh said in a strong address.
3) Don’t make the mistake of differentiating between good and bad terrorism – was Rajnath Singh’s message. I urged that strong action should be taken against those state and non state actors that support terrorists and terrorism, he said.
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4) Talking after MPs from other parties had asked questions and expressed solidarity with Rajnath Singh, the Home Minister said, “I appreciate how all members have spoken in one voice on the issue of terrorism. It reflects the country’s determination to fight terrorism.” “All our PMs have done their best to improve relations with our neighbours but the problem is yeh padosi hai ki maanta hi nahi hai (the neighbouring country doesn’t agree),” Singh said.
5) Asked about the blacking out of his speech, Rajnath Singh said, “It is true that Doordarshan, ANI & 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. Unhe jo karna tha unhone kia, mai uss sambandh mein koi pratikriya vyakt nhi karna chahta. Mujhe koi shikwa, shikayat nahi.” “As far as blacking out of the speech is concerned, I am not aware of the protocol norms followed during previous events. I will have to gather information from the MEA,” he said. “Pakistan’s Interior Minister invited everyone for lunch, but then himself left in his car. I also left then. I have no grudges as I wasn’t there to have lunch,” he added.