Ministry of Home Affairs officials have said that Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh will not cancelled his Pakistan’s trip to attend SAARC meeting despite threats by terrorist organizations chiefs warning.
According to sources from the ministry, “The host country is responsible for the home minister’s security.”
The comments come at a time when Singh has been threatened by Jama’at-ud-Da’wah (Lashkar-e-Toiba) Chief Hafiz Saeed, who said there would be nationwide protests in Pakistan if Singh attends the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) ministerial conference planned for August 3 and 4.
Sources however, said, “The visit is on track. India attains highest priority to SAARC. The visit is strictly to abide by our SAARC commitments.”
They also said that the host country (Pakistan) is responsible for the home minister’s security.
The mastermind of the 2008 Mumbai attack in a statement said “if Singh comes to Islamabad on August 3, the JuD would hold countrywide protest to tell the world that the Pakistani rulers might have compulsions to receive Kashmiris’ killers but the people of Pakistan are siding with oppressed Kashmiris”.
“I want to ask the Pakistani government will it add insult to injury to the wounds of Kashmiris by welcoming Rajnath who is responsible for the killings of innocent Kashmiris,” he said.
“It will be ironical as on the one hand the whole Pakistani nation is protesting against the Indian atrocities in Kashmir and on the other hand the Pakistani rulers will be garlanding Singh,” said the statement.
Even, Hizbul Mujahideen chief Syed Salahuddin threatened to stop Home Minister Rajnath Singh.
Accusing the Home Minister of “deploying soldiers in Kashmir to shed the blood of innocents”, he warned the Pakistan government against welcoming Mr. Singh.
The Bangladeshi Home Minister will not participate in the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) Home Ministers Conference.
Relations between Pakistan and Bangladesh have not yet improved after the diplomatic row seven months ago when the two countries expelled each others’ diplomats in a tit for tat reply.
Bangladesh Foreign Office sources informed that in the Conference, Bangladeshi High Commissioner to Pakistan, Tariq Ahsan, along with the Deputy Secretary Home Affairs of Bangladesh, one official each from immigration and foreign affairs will represent their country.