No plans to meet Pak Min at SAARC Meet: Rajnath
The Home Ministry on Monday dismissed reports that Rajnath Singh has plans to meet his Pakistani counterpart on the sidelines of the SAARC conference in Nepal scheduled to be held later this month.
New Delhi: The Home Ministry on Monday dismissed reports that Rajnath Singh has plans to meet his Pakistani counterpart on the sidelines of the SAARC conference in Nepal scheduled to be held later this month.
The Home Minister's office said in a tweet that Singh was of the firm opinion that terror and talks cannot go together. "Unless Pakistan stops terrorism and violence no dialogue is possible," the Home Minister's office said. The Home Minister will visit Nepal on September 18 and 19 to attend the SAARC Home Ministers' conference.
The statement from the Home Ministry came a day after Singh slammed Pakistan for repeatedly violating ceasefire along the Indo-Pak border and straining the bilateral ties.
Addressing a rally in Haryana's Palval on Sunday, Union Home Minister asserted that India wants good and peaceful relations with its neighbour but if the violations continued then the Indian Army will strongly retaliate.
"Wanting peaceful relations with all countries should not be treated as India's weakness," Rajnath said and added that security forces have been directed to give a "befitting" reply to ceasefire violations by Pakistan. Referring to recent incidents of firing from across the Line of Control, the Home Minister said he has directed BSF "not to keep showing white flag" if the violations by Pakistan continue. "I have asked the BSF DG to tell his force to give a befitting reply to firing from Pakistan," Singh said, addressing BJP's 'Vijay Sankalp Yatra' at Hathin in Haryana's Palwal district.
BSF arrests IAF officer near border in Rajasthan
Jaipur: The Border Security Force (BSF) has arrested an senior officer of the Indian Air Force from a town near the Indo-Pak border in Rajasthan on Monday. Wing Commander Shahshank Shekhar was arrested from Anupgarh. He was currently posted at Ambala Air Force Station. While the exact reason behind his arrest is yet to be revealed, reports added that he has been handed over to Rajasthan Police. Importantly, the arrest in Rajasthan comes a day after an Indian Air Force jawan was arrested by the Punjab Police from Pathankot on charges of spying for Pak’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI).