Islamabad: Hitting out at Pakistan for declaring slain Hizbul terrorist Burhan Wani a martyr, Union home minister Rajnath Singh said on Thursday that “there should be no glorification or eulogising of terrorists as martyrs.”
“There are no good terrorists or bad terrorists. Terrorism is terrorism,” Rajnath Singh said while addressing the SAARC home ministers’ meet in Islamabad.
“There should be strongest of action not only against terrorists but also against organisations, individuals and nations who support terror,” Singh said.
Pakistan had declared Hizbul terrorist Burhan Wani a martyr and observed a black day against his killing. Burhan Wani was killed in an encounter with security forces in Kashmir on July 8.
The ongoing strain in Indo-Pak relations was evident at the SAARC interior/home ministers’ conference when home minister Rajnath Singh came face- to-face with his Pakistani counterpart Chaudhary Nisar Ali Khan for the first time on Thursday and the two leaders barely shook hands.
As Singh arrived at the venue of the conference at the posh Serena Hotel in Islamabad, Khan was at the gate to receive the dignitaries. The two leaders barely touched their hands, not even a formal handshake, before Singh moved ahead to enter the meeting hall.
Meanwhile, Khan said Pakistan was “committed to SAARC processes, and, desires to see it as a successful regional organisation.” “We must do a reality check of what we have achieved so far and what still remains. It is time for us to seize the moment, to leverage our potential and overcome our choices,” he said.