After Home Minister Rajnath Singh confirmed media black-out during his speech at the seventh SAARC summit in Islamabad amidst protests by the Hizbul Mujahideen, he was supported by all leaders from various political parties in the Parliament. Former Union Cabinet minister and Congress leader Anand Sharma said that he strongly supports the statement made by the Home Minister and condemned the manner in which the protocol norms were not observed at the SAARC meet. Nationalist Congress Party member and Rajya Sabha MP Majeed Menon too condemned the protests held all across Pakistan against Home Minister Rajnath Singh. Rajya Sabha MP and CPI leader, D Raja also questioned the engagement between India and Pakistan in the coming days.
Besides CPI and NCP, former Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh and BSP leader, Mayawati urged Rajnath Singh to speak to the Prime Minister on reconsidering India’s strategy on India-Pakistan relations. Other MPs like Janata Dal United’s Sharad Yadav strongly condemned Pakistan’s treatment towards the Home Minister and said that the entire nation stands united against such behaviour and lack of protocol. BJP’s Rajya Sabha MP Subramanian Swamy said that he wanted to ask the minister whether he spoke to Pakistan about its own territory falling apart. Opposition leader Ghulam Nabi Azad also said that if the Home Minister did not receive the due honour and respect in Pakistan during his visit, then “we condemn it”. Rajnath Singh appreciated the unity among the members of the House against terrorism and said, “… it reflects the country’s determination to fight terrorism”.