Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh has once again blamed Pakistan for “waging” a “proxy” terror war against India. Singh, who also doubles up as the senior leader of the ruling BJP, took on the neighbour nation over continuous ceasefire violation by its troops along the Line of Control (LoC) and International Border (IB) in Jammu and Kashmir. The Home minister also acknowledged the border “dispute” with China.
“Pakistan is also waging a proxy terror war against India,” Rajnath Singh said adding, “Pakistan has been regularly violating ceasefire agreements, but India has given a befitting reply”.
Mr. Singh was speaking on India’s national security and relationship with the neighbouring nations at an event organised by a private organisation in Lucknow. Also noting that India’s borders with China and Pakistan are “very sensitive”, the Union Home minister reiterated that security arrangements have to be ensured keeping the situation in mind.
“Border dispute with China persists, attempts being made to resolve it,” Rajnath Singh told the gathering at the event.
Talking further on the prevailing tension with Pakistan over its repeated ceasefire violation, Singh claimed that under the incumbent Narendra Modi government, Indian troops have given a strong reply to Pakistan forces. He further claimed that the government is committed to its zero-tolerance policy against the infiltration on the borders, as a result of which 130 terrorists were killed while sneaking into the Indian territory.
Lauding the BJP-led NDA government at the Centre, the Union Home minister said that ever since NDA government has come to power in May 2014, infiltration cases have dropped to 15 this year from 52 in 2014, 264 in 2012 and 277 in 2013.
“Increasing defence power of India was not going down well with anti-national elements,” Rajnath Singh said.
Talking about the situation on the boundaries with Nepal and Bhutan, he said that situation was peaceful and there was no problem, adding that the borders with Bangladesh and Myanmar were “active”.
On a question over ISIS, which off-late has become an important area monitored by Indian security and intelligence agencies, he said “ISIS will fail to set up any network in India”. There were recent reports that the Union government is closely looking at the ISIS bid to radicalise youth in India. Some individuals were also deported from UAE for their alleged links with the ISIS.
“The matter is closely being watched by the concerned agencies. Whenever required, action will be taken,” MoS Home Kiren Rijiju had told the press earlier this week when sought to know about the ISIS activities.
Besides, at an event, Rajnath Singh also said emphasised that the Left Wing Extremism was a big challenge as 10 states and 125 districts were affected by it.
(With inputs from the PTI)