Home Minister Rajnath Singh met his Bahraini counterpart in Manama and conveyed to him that the terror emanating from Pakistan remains India’s most important concern.
In the bilateral meeting, Singh stressed that the terrorism from across the border has incited the current unrest in Jammu and Kashmir.
Singh, who is on a three-day visit to the Gulf country, apprised Khalifa about Islamabad’s open support and participation to glorify slain Hizbul Mujahideen militant Burhan Wani in Pakistan, saying it indicates continued free movement that terrorists and their supporters enjoy there.
Wani was killed in an encounter on July 8 and since then the unrest has been continuing in Kashmir Valley.
Pakistan is a country which refuses to give up use of terrorism as an instrument of state policy, he said.
The Home Minister raised the issue of the arrest in July of Pakistani terrorist Bahadur Ali, who was armed and trained in LeT camps and then exfiltrated into Jammu and Kashmir with instructions to mingle in crowds for throwing grenades at security forces.
“Since there is no change in Pakistan’s approach of sponsoring terrorism we cannot take at face value any of the assurances that Pakistan provides in regard to stopping terrorism,” Singh is said to have conveyed to his Bahraini counterpart.
Asserting that Jammu and Kashmir is an internal matter of India and no interference is acceptable, Singh said the central government as well as the Jammu and Kashmir government and other relevant authorities in India are involved in addressing the situation in the state and various efforts have been undertaken to redress the grievances of the local population.
The Home Minister conveyed that there is complete political consensus in India on reaching out to the people of Jammu and Kashmir and substantial progress has been made in this regard.
Singh also told Khalifa about the lack of progress in the investigation into the Pathankot airbase terrorist attack and on the Mumbai terror attack trials in Pakistan.
“It betrays Pakistan’s selective approach to terrorism. We have conveyed to Pakistan that we are ready to discuss various aspects of the challenge of terrorism that is directed from Pakistan against us, which has been our core concern and is at the centre of the current situation in Jammu and Kashmir,” he is believed to have said.
Bahrain is a key member of the Organisation of the Islamic Conference in which Pakistan is also a member.
The Home Minister also met Crown Prince of Bahrain Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa at Gudaibiya Palace and discussed various bilateral issues.
Singh will meet Bahrain King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, Prime Minister Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa.
Addressing the Indian community last night, the Home Minister said terrorism is a global problem and the international community must join hands to root out the menace.
Singh had also said the Narendra Modi government has made several structural and procedural changes and that resulted in successfully reducing the “wholesale corruption” in the country.
(With inputs from PTI)