I Cut Short By Visit Because I Was Not In Pakistan To Have Lunch: Rajnath Singh

NEW DELHI, Aug 05: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday put a seal on reports that Indian media were denied access in Pakistan during his speech at SAARC conference on Thursday.

While briefing the Rajya Sabha on his visit to Islamabad, Singh said, "I can't comment on PTV blackout, but yes reporters from Doordarshan, ANI, PTI were denied access when I was delivering my speech."

On being asked about  Pakistan Interior Minister Chudhary Nisar Ali Khan's attitude, Singh said, "After the meeting ended, the Home Minister  invited all the representatives for lunch and then he left himself. I did what I wanted to do."

When asked why he skipped lunch in Islamabad, "I cut short by visit because I was not in Pakistan to have lunch."

Singh said "A terrorist in one nation cannot be a martyr or freedom fighter for anyone.They should not make the mistake of distinguishing between good terrorism and bad terrorism. It is necessary to take all effective steps against states or non-state actors encouraging or supporting terrorism." 

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



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