New Delhi: Speaking on the occasion of Martyrs’ Day in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kathua district on Sunday, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said Pakistan was conspiring to divide India along religious lines, but it would not succeed.
If Pakistan fails to control terrorism and wants India’s cooperation in eradicating the menace, India is ready to lend a helping hand, he added.
Launching a frontal attack, Singh said that terrorism was the weapon of cowards and that India would give a befitting reply to any unprovoked ceasefire violations from the other side of the border.
“Pakistan should understand that terrorism is not the weapon of brave, but of cowards,” he said, asking the country to mend its ways.
Speaking on issue of several youth joining the ISIS, Singh said, “They (ISIS) never got foothold in India because India doesn’t support terrorism.”
Referring to the surgical strike by the Indian Army post the Uri terror attack, he said, “I want to assure that this government will never let India to bow its head before anyone and will always give befitting reply to Pakistan ‘s attack.”
Pakistan attacked India four times since Independence but were given a befitting reply by the Indian army each time, he said.
“Pakistan has been divided into 2 countries (in 1971). If it does not stop cross-border terrorism, it will soon be in 10 pieces,” the Home Minister says.
Earlier in the day, Singh along with Minister of State in PMO Dr Jitendra Singh paid homage to martyrs.
The Home Minister is also likely to review the security situation of the state, particularly along the Line of Control and International Border.