Rajnath Leaves For Pak Amid Bilateral Tensions Over Kashmir Violence


New Delhi: Amid bilateral tensions over violence in Kashmir, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Wednesday left for Pakistan to attend the seventh meeting of SAARC Home/Interior Ministers’ Conference in Islamabad.

Before commencing on his trip, Singh took to Twitter to say that he is looking forward to underscore the imperative of meaningful cooperation within the region against terrorism and organised crime.

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Such meetings discuss regional cooperation on a number of security-related matters and take stock of progress in various regional mechanisms.

Meanwhile, Hizbul Mujahideen chief Syed Salahuddin today led a protest against the Indian home minister ahead of his arrival in Islamabad.

Union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju had on Monday cleared that Singh’s visit to Pakistan will afford no occasion for bilateral talks between the two countries.

Rijiju’s response came in the wake of Jamaat-ud-Dawah (JuD) chief Hafiz Saeed’s warning of a countrywide protest in Pakistan by his outfit when Rajnath Singh arrives in Islamabad to attend the SAARC ministerial conference.

The South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation leadership had agreed in 2005 during the 13th summit in Dhaka that Home/Interior Ministers of the SAARC nations may meet annually to strengthen cooperation in the area of counter-terrorism.

The first meeting of Home/Interior Ministers was held in Dhaka on May 11, 2006.