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Rajnath Singh to Pak: 'Stop promoting terrorism in India'

Standing just a few metres away from the international border, Union home minister Rajnath Singh warned Pakistan to refrain from promoting terrorism.

india Updated: Mar 23, 2015 08:48 IST
Aseem Bassi
Aseem Bassi
Hindustan Times
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Union home minister Rajnath Singh asked Pakistan to refrain from promoting terrorism in India. The home minister, who was at the Attari Border to lay foundation stone for expansion of the visitors’ gallery, asked Pakistan to choose between good ties with India and terrorism.

Singh recalled that in 1999, the then Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee took a bus to Pakistan for friendship. “But what we got in return from Pakistan was Kargil. We fought hard and won that war also. It was not only in 1999, later also a hand of friendship was offered to Pakistan but it reciprocated by promoting terrorism in India.”

The home minister, who was chief guest for the Border Security Force (BSF)’s Golden Jubilee function, warned Pakistan and said, “We can change our friends but cannot change our neighbours. I am hopeful that Pakistan will amend its ways and stop sheltering and promoting terrorism.”

“If Pakistan wants to have cordial ties with India, it needs to ensure that it stops its anti-India activities,” he added.

Singh announced that any BSF soldier who is sick or has any health issues will be considered ‘on duty’ and not ‘off duty’.

The home minister said that even in Pakistan, many innocents have been killed due to violence.

“Many innocents were killed in Pakistan in a blast in November last year. Pakistan must understand that its’ innocents who are being killed on both sides.”

Singh lauded the role of BSF in keeping the Indian border safe and said, “Every time Pakistan does some activity or violates ceasefire, a strong message is sent to it by the BSF.”

The home minister announced that soon installed full body truck scanners will be installed at the Integrated Check Post along the border.

First Published: Mar 22, 2015 19:25 IST