Rajnath to visit Russia, US; Will raise Pak-backed terror

RSTV Bureau

Jammu-and-Kashmir-protest-1Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh will visit Russia and the United States next week to highlight the issue of the neighbouring country sponsoring terrorism in India. He will also take up the issue of efforts required to counter ISIS activities in the region.

Singh will visit Russia for five days beginning September 18 where he will have bilateral talks with Russian Minister for Internal Affairs Vladimir Kolokoltsev and discuss issues related to Indo-Russia joint anti-terror cooperation.

They will also discuss cross border terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir and growing activities of ISIS in the country and its neighbourhood.

The Home Minister will then travel to Washington on September 26 for a seven-day visit for the Indo-US Homeland Security Dialogue with his American counterpart Jeh Charles Johnson.

“In both the bilateral visits to Russia and the US, the Home Minister will highlight Pakistan’s direct involvement in cross border terrorism and growing activities of the Middle East terror group in India and
its neighbourhood,” a Home Ministry official said.

FILE: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh. Photo-PTI

FILE: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh.

The Home Minister will have threadbare discussions with his Russian and the US counterparts on how to enhance anti-terror cooperation, especially checking the growing activities of ISIS and sharing of intelligence inputs.

Other issues to be discussed in the two visits include extradition of each other’s wanted criminals, liberalisation of visas etc.

The visit by Union Home minister to the two global powers within a week is considered significant as India has raised the pitch on the issue of “terror export” from Pakistan.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi raised the issue at the G20, BRICS meet and East Asia Summit, where he called on the international community to isolate and sanction this instigator of terrorism. Urging the nations to intensify joint efforts to combat terrorism, he sought “coordinated actions” by the grouping to “isolate supporters and sponsors of terror”.

The government’s tough stance comes amid heightened tension with Pakistan, which is openly backing militancy in Jammu and Kashmir which has been hit by unrest for over two months now.

“The bilateral visits of the Home Minister are part of India’s efforts to create global opinion against Pakistan sponsored terrorism in India,” the official said.

Further cementing anti-terror cooperation, real-time sharing of intelligence inputs, cyber security and critical infrastructure protection, countering illicit finance, global supply chain security, megacity policing and science and technology are some of the key issues to be discussed at the meetings to be held in Moscow and Washington.

(With inputs from the PTI)