Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh has said that “most terror attacks on India emanate from Pakistan” and India will stand and support Pakistan if they deal and take decisive action against the terrorists operating from its land.
He strongly conveyed to Pakistan that it must act against the terror groups and take action against the terrorist groups to improve the relations between the two countries.
India and Pakistan are yet to reschedule the talks to carry forward the dialogue process between the foreign secretaries that were put off following the Pathankot attacks.
Calling for a sincere approach of Pakistan in dealing with terrorism, Singh said, “If Pakistan takes concrete action against terror groups on its territory, it will not only improve bilateral ties but also bring peace and stability to South Asian region.” He said:
“Tolerance of terrorism must be frankly exposed. Naming and shaming of perpetrators, supporters of terrorism must be carried out relentlessly.”
Rajnath said both the Mumbai terror attack in 2008 and the latest attacks in Pathankot signify tectonic shifts in India’s outlook towards Pakistan as both the incidents took the dynamics of terror acts a notch higher. Commenting on Pathankot attack, he said it was because of “advance intelligence input’” which helped “our security agencies in neutralising the possible impact of this terror attack.”
He said that after the Pathankot terror attack, the government is reviewing its counter-terror strategy. “We are now formulating an effective strategy which will help prevent such terror attacks in future.”
Rajnath Singh was at an international counter terrorism conference held in Jaipur, organised by India Foundation headed by the National Security Advisor’s son and analyst Shaurya Doval. S Jaishankar, Foreign Secretary called on the international community to “name and shame” those who support and perform acts of terror. Jaishankar said that India is in continuous touch with Pakistan on the progress of the investigation into the Pathankot airbase attack. The foreign secretary said that India had provided Islamabad with the evidence related to the attack and Foreign Secretaries and National Security Advisors are in touch with each other. Jaishankar said that countering terrorism is an important part for Indian diplomacy at present times. He said that Bangladesh had come out as a model for counter-terror cooperation. “(But) the problem is bad guys think global (while) the good guys think local and sometimes departmental,” he said.
The conference discussed the wide range of issues such as global terrorism mainly perpetrated on the name of Islam. From over 21 countries, experts and scholars including military leaders, bureaucrats and government officials attended this conference.
BJP MP and national spokesperson M J Akbar said that the animosity between India and Pakistan is not about the geography of Kashmir but ideology.
“India cannot abandon Kashmir precisely because it has Muslims… the Muslim is an equal citizen of India… the day you abandon Kashmir, you betray me. We are not a two nation theory… We are a one nation theory,” he said.
He concluded saying, “Pakistan has to accept the status that what is de facto has to become de jure.”