Overseeing the safe evacuation of Indians from war-torn Yemen, Minister of State for External Affairs General (retired) VK Singh said the exercise “is less exciting than going to the Pakistani embassy”.
A former Army Chief, General Singh is camping in Djibouti to oversee the evacuation and made the comments earlier on Tuesday while briefing the media about the rescue operation of fellow citizens.
The Centre has sent him to Djibouti to supervise evacuation of Indian nationals from war torn Yemen.
General Singh had attended Pakistan’s National Day on March 23 in New Delhi where several separatist leaders from Kashmir too were present. The separatist leaders included Mirwaiz Umer Farooq, Syed Ali Shah Geelani and Yaseen Malik.
After attending a dinner party at the Pakistan High Commission, General Singh attended tweeted with the hastag disgust and duty. He stayed for 15 minutes at the reception which was held on a day India and Pakistan sparred over Hurriyat leaders’ confabulations with Pakistani High Commissioner Abdul Basit, with New Delhi making it clear that there was no role for a third party.
General Singh’s tweets led to a controversy with the opposition parties interpreting it as his displeasure over the dinner party at the Pakistani High Commission.
He later said, “My tweets were directed only towards those section of the media that have questioned the intent of my government and also the stance on countering Pakistan sponsored terror. I feel that it is also important for me to clarify that I am fully committed to my party, the government and specially my Prime Minister.”