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Pakistan never admits India’s will to improve ties, Singh informs parliament

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NEW DELHI, INDIA: A clearly not-so-happy Indian Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday apprised the Indian parliament of his recent short but important visit to Pakistan for the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (Saarc).

“All our PMs have done their best to improve relations with our neighbours but yeh padosi hai ki maanta hi nahin hai (this neighbour never admits),” NDTV reported.

Singh informed the members of Indian parliament that he, representing India, took a strong stance against terrorism and urged Saarc members to take strongest actions not just against terrorists but also those who support terrorism, without straight accusing Pakistan

Responding to Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan statements regarding Indian violation of human rights in Kashmir, Singh blamed that “Pakistan is the biggest violator of human rights.”


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Indian opposition parties also criticised Pakistan for an alleged “blackout” of Singh’s speech on his turn during the conference.

“As far as the reported blacking out of my speech is concerned, I am not aware of protocol norms followed during previous events. I will have to speak to the Ministry of External Affairs. I don’t know if it was a precedent. I cannot say anything on that, but they did what they could,” the Indian Home Minister said.

The Press Trust of India has already explained that during Saarc conference only opening statements of the host country are made public and the media, while the rest of the session goes in-camera.

Singh said that he cancelled a lunch meeting with his Pakistani counterpart but he left in his car after inviting him, said Indian media reports.


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“It is true that Pakistan Interior Minister (Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan) invited everyone for lunch. But then he left in his car. I also left. I have no complaints or grudges as I had not gone there to have lunch,” Singh said.

Nisar Ali Khan, on the final day of Saarc conference on Thursday, urged India to halt human rights violation and civilian killings in Kashmir, insisting that fight for freedom cannot be termed as terrorism by any means.

“There is a difference between freedom movement and terrorism,” said the minister while clarifying Pakistan’s stance over Kashmir.

Khan indirectly reminded his Indian counterpart, Rajnath Singh, that a six-decade-old blame game would not help Pakistan or India and insisted, “Instead of blaming each other, we must adopt the policy of dialogues” on the Kashmir conflict.

Indian Home Minister Rajnath Singh reached the capital on Wednesday, making it the first visit to Pakistan by any high-level Indian official after Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Pakistan last year.

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