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India won't fire first bullet along border, Indian home minister tells DG Rangers

NEW DELHI: Indian Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday said “Indian forces will not fire the first bullet along the border.”

According to Times of India, the Indian minister made these remarks during his conversation with DG of Pakistan Rangers Umar Farooq Burki.

Singh said “India wants friendly relations with all its neighbours. India will not fire the first bullet towards Pakistan along the border.”

The newspaper cited sources as saying the Burki responded that he was “mere DG of a force and not the leadership and cannot make any commitment in this regard.”

The Indian minister also said both Pakistan and India must unite against the menace of terrorism.

“Like India, Pakistan, too, is a victim of terrorism,” he told the Pakistani delegation.

In his response, Burki told Singh that he was the “mere DG of a force and not the leadership” like the home minister and could not give any commitment in this regard.

Burki, however, said that he would convey Singh’s message to the Pakistani leadership.

The report further said, “Singh stated that India wanted to engage in dialogue with Pakistan at different levels and that was why Prime Minister Narendra Modi had recently met his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif at Ufa in Russia.”

He underlined that India wants to have good relations with Pakistan. “I am saying this not for formality’s sake, but ‘tah-e-dil-se’ (from the bottom of the heart),” he was quoted as saying by the paper.

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