Union home minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday said talks with Pakistan could be initiated only if the neighbouring country stopped firing in the border areas and gave an assurance of not repeating it.
“Pakistan is involved in firing on the border areas. This is not good. It should first assure us of not involving itself in such activities and violence, then only talks can be initiated,” Singh said. He was addressing a gathering after laying the foundation stone of Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) battalion headquarters and inaugurating an outpost at Jogiyabari on the India-Nepal border in Maharajganj.
“Seeing the activities of Pakistan, Indian soldiers have been asked to give them befitting reply,” he added.
He also said all possible efforts were being made for the country’s security which was top priority for the NDA government. The security agencies were given all the facilities and infrastructure required to ensure the safety of the borders, he added.
Stating that India wanted good relations with neighbouring countries, Singh said India had given all possible aid to Nepal after the earthquake hit it. The home minister hailed the heroic role played by SSB personnel in evacuating earthquake victims from Nepal earlier this year.
He claimed the country’s image had improved worldwide in the 14-month tenure of Narendra Modi government at the Centre. On opposition parties, he said that Congress, SP and BSP were all afraid of their shrinking political base.
He claimed that Centre had given Rs 6000 crore to the Uttar Pradesh government to clear the dues to the sugarcane farmers but the state government was not serious about it.
(With inputs from PTI)