Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday took on Pakistan for its strong reaction to Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar’s remarks on neutralising terrorists, saying the entire world knows who is “promoting” terrorism.
Singh also asked Pakistan to extend all help in tackling terrorism as it is also a victim of the menace.
“It (Pakistan) should extend full cooperation in checking terrorism because the country is facing a similar problem today,” Singh told reporters.
On Pakistan’s strong reaction to Parrikar’s recent remarks about neutralising terrorists through terrorists, Singh said, “Not only India, but the entire world knows who is promoting terrorism.”
Reacting to Parrikar’s comments, Adviser to Pakistan Prime Minister on National Security and Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz had said it confirmed Islamabad’s apprehensions that India was allegedly involved in terrorism in that country.
“It must be the first time that a minister of an elected government openly advocates use of terrorism in another country on the pretext of preventing terrorism from that country or its non-state actors,” Aziz had said in a statement released by Pakistan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Parrikar early this week said he would take “proactive steps” to meet any threat to the country, declaring, “You have to neutralise terrorist through terrorist only”.
Contending that terrorism should not be associated with any particular religion, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh described India’s Muslims as “nationalists” who always “opposed terror” and did not allow radical groups to influence them.
“Muslims in India are nationalists. They have always opposed such (terror) elements. They have opposed and demoralised them,” the Home Minister said responding to questions.
Earlier, addressing a SBI officers’ convention Singh expressed concern over Fake Indian Currency Note (FICN) racket and said it was used to promote terrorism.
“FICN is a big problem as fake currency is used to promote terrorism,” he said and asked banks to be alert to that.
The Home Minister said India is taking all steps to fight terrorism.
Singh described banks as the “spine” of the country’s economy and said, “I want to see it as the nation’s lifeline.”
He described the nationalisation of banks as the “biggest” decision taken post-independence to improve the health of the economy.
“But even after nationalisation the connect with the people was not there. I want to congratulate the banking sector that they associated 15 crore families under Jan Dhan scheme. It’s not a small achivement,” he said.
The Home Minister also lauded Prime Minister Narendra Modi for launching social security schemes.
“Even those who criticise us will realise this sooner or later. Even the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has appreciated the scheme,” he said.
He also rubbished Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi’s accusation against the Centre for scrapping the food park project in his constituency Amethi.