Rajnath to visit Pak for SAARC meet next week

RSTV Bureau
Srinagar: Youths defy curfew and throw stones on Security forces during clashes between forces and protesters,who were protesting against the  killing of  civilians in clashes, Srinagar, July 24, 2016. Photo - PTI

Srinagar: Youths defy curfew and throw stones on Security forces during clashes between forces and protesters,who were protesting against the killing of civilians in clashes, Srinagar, July 24, 2016.
Photo – PTI

Union Home minister Rajnath Singh will be visiting Pakistan next week to attend the summit meeting of the Home minister’s summit of SAARC countries. The scheduled meeting comes amid tension between the two countries over unrest in Kashmir valley. Eight countries are expected to participate in the two day meet that begins on August 3.

There are reports that Singh will raise the issue of cross-border terrorism at the meeting.

India has blamed Pakistan establishment for stoking tension in Kashmir valley, which is witnessed a series of protest, very often violent, post the encounter killing of Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist and militancy poster boy Burhan Wani earlier this month.

48 persons, including one security policeman, have been killed in the clashes between the protestors and the security personnel. Scores ranging in thousand have been left injured too.

Interfering in the matter, Pakistan establishment raised the situation in Kashmir at United Nations besides glorifying the militancy in Kashmir valley. Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif also went on to term slain militant Burhan Wani a “Kashmiri leader”.

On its part, flaying Pakistan establishment for internationalising the issues involving the state of Jammu and Kashmir, India even sternly accused it of using terrorism as a state policy to meddle in the territorial affairs of others.

Union External Affairs minister too sounded warning to Pakistan establishment for its leader’s statement on Kashmir.

“The whole of Jammu and Kashmir belongs to India. You will never be able to make this heaven on earth a terror hell,” she had said early this week.

The annual summit meeting of the Home ministers and Interior ministers (as they are termed in some countries) began in Dhaka in 2011 to strengthen cooperation in the area of counter-terrorism. The second meet of SAARC nation’s Home ministers was held in New Delhi in 2007.