Rajnath Singh Briefs PM Narendra Modi On His Pakistan Visit


New Delhi: On his return from Islamabad, Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday briefed Prime Minister Narendra Modi on his visit to attend the seventh conference of Internal Ministers of SAARC countries.

Official sources said Mr Singh rushed to meet PM Modi straight from the airport to “brief” him about the events during his visit to Pakistan. They said Mr Singh informed PM Modi about the speech he made at the conference, his interactions on the sidelines with the leaders, and deliberations during the official sessions.

Mr Singh arrived in Delhi by a BSF plane at around 4.30 pm and cancelled his scheduled press briefing at the airport to meet PM Modi. In Islamabad, Mr Singh had delivered a stern speech asking Pakistan to stop encouraging terror groups and “glorification” of terrorists and also called for “strongest action” against nations supporting terrorism and their isolation.

Without mincing any words amid the strain in Indo-Pak relations, Mr Singh said mere condemnation of terrorism and terrorists is not enough and that there are “no good terrorists or bad terrorists”.

Mr Singh’s comments came against the backdrop of Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s praise of terrorist Burhan Wani who was killed in an encounter in Jammu and Kashmir on July 8 and his description of the Hizbul Mujahideen commander as a martyr, much to India’s ire.