If Pakistan comes for talks, we are ready: Rajnath Singh

New Delhi 26 May 2018

Home Minister Rajnath Singh today said India is ready to talk to Pakistan, but called the neighbouring country “a safe haven” for Millitants.

“If Hurriyat is ready to talk, we have no problem, we are ready to talk to anyone. Even if Pakistan comes for a dialogue, we are ready for it,” Singh said at Panchayat Aaj Tak, held in New Delhi to mark four years of the Narendra Modi government.

“There is no problem in any dialogue with Pakistan, it is our neighbour but Pakistan has to stop promoting Millitans first,” the Home Minister said, adding that there is “consensus” growing in the international community that Pakistan is a safe haven for Millitance.

When asked about Pakistan violating the ceasefire announced by the Modi government earlier this month, Rajnath Singh said Pakistan “doesn’t want Muslims in Kashmir to have a peaceful month of Ramzan”.

“Ramzan is a holy month, but our security forces can’t sit silent if they are attacked,” Singh said, referring to a series of ceasefire violations along the border, in which a number of civilians have also been killed.

On May 16, the Home Ministry had announced that security forces will not launch any operations in Jammu and Kashmir during the holy month of Ramzan.

However, at least 12 people, including two minor children, and two BSF jawans have been killed and over 60 injured due to shelling by Pakistan troops along the border in Jammu, Samba and Kathua in the last ten days. Over one lakh people have migrated from the International Border areas.( India Today )