Home Minister Rajnath Singh today blasted Pakistan for its anti India approach despite Indian efforts to improve the bilateral relations. Rajnath Singh who Thursday returned from a visit to Pakistan after attending home ministers conference in Islamabad said he delivered a strong message against terrorism at the meeting.
Speaking about the alleged media blackout of his speech in Pakistan, home minister confirmed to the Rajya Sabha that the journalists of official Indian media and news agencies like ANI and PTI were indeed denied entry into the conference hall.
He said that he would gather detailed information from the ministry of external affairs whether there was indeed a blackout of his speech in Pakistani media or it was usual practice.
India’s ministry of external affairs had yesterday issued a statement denying the media reports about the purported ‘blackout’ of Rajnath Singh’s speech during the SAARC ministerial conference.
Home Minister also shared his experience of the unwelcome attitude of the host country during the meeting and cited this as one of the reasons for him to skip the official lunch.
Rajnath said: “Pakistan’s interior minister invited everyone for lunch, but then he left in his car. I also left then. I have no grudges as I wasn’t there to have lunch.”
Responding to the members’ queries on the decision of Pakistan’s top political leadership to support Kashmiri separatists, Rajnath Singh said that all Indian Prime Ministers have done their best to improve the relations with Pakistan.
Citing former Prime Minister Vajpayee’s remark that ‘one can change friends but not neighbours’, Rajnath said despite the efforts by successive prime ministers this neighbour (Pakistan) has consistently refused to relent (Yeh Padosi hai ki maanta nahi).
All the political parties welcomed the tough message delivered by Rajnath Singh to Pakistan on terrorism.
Rajya Sabha members also expressed strong disapproval against the unwelcome attitude of the host country and protests against Indian home minister’s visit to Pakistan.