Told Pakistan not to glorify terror: Rajnath Singh on SAARC meet

Aug 05, 2016 12:47 PM IST | Updated on: Aug 05, 2016 02:25 PM IST

Asserting that terrorist in one nation cannot be a martyr for another, Home Minister Rajnath Singh has asked SAARC nations including Pakistan to take effective steps against state and non-state actors supporting terrorism and extradite persons involved in it.

In a suo motu statement on his visit to Islamabad to attend the 7th SAARC Home Ministers Meeting on August 4 in Rajya Sabha, Singh said he had urged the members not to glorify terrorism or give patronage to it.

Told Pakistan not to glorify terror: Rajnath Singh on SAARC meet

"A terrorist in one nation cannot be a martyr or freedom fighter for anyone," he said.

"They should not make the mistake of distinguishing between good terrorism and bad terrorism," he said. "It is necessary to take all effective steps against states or non-state actors encouraging or supporting terrorism."

To ensure that terrorism is not encouraged, it was necessary that stringent action is not just initiated against terrorists but also against persons, organisations, institutions and states supporting them, Singh said.

He said he had suggested to the SAARC Ministers that sanctions and bans imposed against terrorists by the global community have to be honoured.

Stringent action should also be taken against persons involved in terrorism and their extradition should be ensured so that they can face the law, the Home Minister said.

"It is important for nations who have not ratified SAARC Convention on Mutual Assistance on Criminal Matters to do it," he said, adding Pakistan has so far not ratified this Convention as well as SAARC Terrorist Offenses Monitoring Desk (STOMD) and SAARC Drug Offenses Monitoring Desk (SDOMD).

"I was told on behalf of Pakistan that they will soon act on ratifying these. And I hope that 'soon' is actually soon," he said.

"The agenda of the meeting was terrorism, smuggling of narcotic drugs, cyber crime and human trafficking. Almost all countries, condemned terrorism in strongest possible term," Singh said.

India placed special emphasis on terrorism as it posed the single biggest threat to peace and prosperity of South Asia, he said. "I called upon them to firmly resolve to uproot terrorism."

Also, New Delhi urged all SAARC nations not to glorify or give patronage to terrorism.

The Home Minister said dark clouds of terrorism have engulfed not just South Asia but the entire world. "The entire world community is concerned about this serious threat. This was clear not just from the clear message India gave on the threat it poses to humanity, but also from the fact that most nations also expressed concern over it."

India's message is for humanity and human rights because "terrorism is the biggest threat to human rights," he said.

At the meeting, Singh said the initiatives announced by India included offering technical assistance to make STOMD and SDOMC more effective.

India has also offered to host a meeting of experts on SAARC Anti Terrorism Mechanism on September 22-23, he said, adding he offered provision of training to SAARC member nations on preventing narcotics trade.

New Delhi also said it was ready to hold the first meeting of member state on Computer Emergency Response Teams (CERTs), the Home Minister said.

Singh said he informed the SAARC ministers about recent initiatives by Government for women and child safety as also about financial inclusion schemes of Jandhan and Aadhaar to provide honest, transparent and accountable governance.

On the reports of blackout of the his speech, Rajnath Singh said,"It is true that Doordarshan, ANI & PTI reporters who had come from India were not allowed to enter." He added,"I will not comment whether Pakistan was right or wrong in not allowing coverage ( of his speech at SAARC summit)."

"Pak Interior Minister invited everyone for lunch, but then left in his car. I also left then. I have no grudges as I wasn't there to have lunch," the HM said.

Singh said,"I did not register any protest there. About the 'blackout' I will need to ask MEA about protocol of past occasions."

"As far as blacking out of speech concerned, not aware of protocol norms followed during previous events, will have to gather info from MEA," he added.

Rajnath Singh said that all our PMs have done their best to improve relations with our neighbours but the problem is "yeh padosi hai ki maanta hi nahi hai."

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