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Tension simmers between Pakistan, India interior ministers at Saarc meet in capital

Updated Aug 04, 2016 11:12pm


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ISLAMABAD: The interior ministers of both Pakistan and India made critical remarks apparently aimed at each other’s governments on the second day of a Saarc conference here on Thursday, as tensions between the two neighbouring countries run high in the aftermath of weeks-long violence in India-held Kashmir.

In his address to the Saarc interior ministers’ conference, India’s home minister made a direct jibe aimed at the Pakistani government for its strong condemnation of the killing of Kashmiri separatist leader Burhan Wani by Indian forces.

“There are no good terrorists or bad terrorists,” said Rajnath Singh in his address, referring to earlier criticism the Indian state has levelled against Pakistan. “There should be no glorification or eulogising of terrorists as martyrs.”

Singh called for “strongest action not only against terrorists or organisations but also against those individuals, organisations and nations which support terror.”

Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, in response, lambasted the "use of excessive force" to suppress protests in held Kashmir, without naming the Indian government.

“Using torture against innocent children and violence against civilians qualifies as terrorism,” said the minister, adding that there was a need to end an “extremist” mindset and instead try to solve regional issues with dialogue.

Nisar said like the attacks in Pathankot, Kabul, Mumbai and Dhaka, Pakistan too has lost many innocent lives due to terrorism. “The use of blame game has not benefited anyone for the past six decades.”

No bilateral meeting between the Indian home minister and his Pakistani counterpart took place on the sidelines of the ministerial conference that ended Thursday.

'Pakistan has not shut the door on dialogue'

Federal Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, addressing a press conference after the conclusion of Saarc interior ministers’ conference, said Pakistan has not shut the door on bilateral dialogue.

“Pakistan has not shut the door on bilateral dialogue, we are always willing to conduct discussions and dialogue, but with dignity and self-respect,” said Nisar.

In a veiled reference to India, the interior minister stated countries which have shut the doors on dialogue need to reflect upon their choice.


Nisar further stated that issues between countries are not resolved through finger pointing or indulging in blame games, and countries need to sit down for dialogue to bring about real change.

Referring again to unrest in India-held Kashmir, the federal minister stated that no country should suppress freedom struggles while camouflaging them under the guise of terrorism.

“Terrorism is the buzzword in the world nowadays. No country should try to crush a freedom struggle and camouflage it under the guise of terrorism.”

Nisar reiterated the Kashmiri freedom struggle is sanctified by United Nations resolutions.

'Saarc countries should promote peace'

Earlier in the day, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif assured the Saarc conference that Pakistan will stand alongside its South Asian neighbours to eradicate corruption, organised crime and terrorism from the region.

“Pakistan on national grounds has been successful in curbing terrorism by implementing the National Action Plan and carrying out the operation Zarb-i-Azb,” said the premier.

“The success proves that Pakistan is committed towards wiping out terrorism from its territory,” he added.

The PM said Saarc countries should use their human and natural resources to promote peace and prosperity in the region.

“The Government of Pakistan wishes for peace in all countries across the region and has always supported Saarc in pursuit of its goals,” he said.

Nawaz pressed on the importance of efficient transport and communication network in the region to ensure public welfare and economic growth.

Saarc Secretary General Arjun Bahadur Thapa, who belongs to Nepal, said the issues of drugs, terrorism, cybercrime and other international crimes should be addressed immediately. He also appreciated Pakistan’s efforts to host the conference.


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sindhi Aug 04, 2016 04:56pm

Rajnath very straight

Rahul Aug 04, 2016 05:02pm

Rajnath is a strong leader...straight forward and calls spade an spade...great job by a great leader

jawaid Aug 04, 2016 05:02pm

By such attitude the purpose of SAARC meeting is defeated. We need peace and reconciliation. Our interior ministry should have understood this simple thing.

Lunch box Aug 04, 2016 05:03pm

Well, India is living in the past. The distinction between good and bad has been dealt with in Pakistan and the bad ones are beyond the border now , on the western side of Pakistan. Ask them to do something about them.

Iftikhar Husain Aug 04, 2016 05:03pm

It is extremely unfortunaue that the neighbour can not talk to each other and find a solution to the old crisis. The tension is causing lot of hardship to both the countries.

Raj Aug 04, 2016 05:03pm

Way to go Rajnath!!!

SKS Aug 04, 2016 05:04pm

Is it SAARC summit or two nations summit where Kashmir issue is being discussed?

Jayant M Aug 04, 2016 05:04pm

Excellent points made by Shri Rajnath Singh.

Hindustaan Se Aug 04, 2016 05:05pm

We Indian want to listen that speech

Umair Aug 04, 2016 05:06pm

Its very easy to comment when your own life and family are not at stake. There is no difference between Israel and India.

Gabbar Aug 04, 2016 05:06pm

Great policy of BJP govt.

IB Aug 04, 2016 05:07pm

he is the one who ordered to fire straight bullets and pellets at peaceful demonstrators in Kashmir which has killed over 100 and maimed and blinded hundreds of Kashmiris. . PK should hand over strong protest to him while he is in PK and also strongly condemn his brutal use of force against peaceful people demonstrating for their rights. .

Raj Babbar Aug 04, 2016 05:07pm

Rajnath Rocks

HZR Aug 04, 2016 05:09pm

SAARC will be better named as Regional confrontation rather than cooperation.the two important nations of this confederation cannot reach a compromise and the the confederation should be minus one of the important members for a more harmonious progress.

Rao sahab. Haryana Aug 04, 2016 05:09pm

India is doing right. We do not need SAARC. We have good relations with all countries expect pakistan .India should concentrate on ASEAN.

kanwarch Aug 04, 2016 05:10pm

Salute to Pakistan Interior minister for supporting innocent Kashmiris. Even decent Indians are criticizing their cruel government and law enforcing agencies. Indian minister is not brave who can not differentiate between a terrorist and innocent children and women. Shameful statement.

iqbal Aug 04, 2016 05:11pm

Really no doubt raj nath is a bold leader compare to pak leaders

Desi Jatt Aug 04, 2016 05:11pm

Mr Rajnath Singh is the No 2 in BJP govt and future PM candidate in BJP.He is very close to the BJP patron body RSS and its chief Mr Mohan Bhagwat.RSS only takes his advice from the BJP party in confidential matters and not even takes modis advice in matters of prime importance.He is a man of strong charecter and is known for straight talk without any sugar coating

kanwarch Aug 04, 2016 05:11pm

@Raj I don't understand what are you cheering about.

SQ Aug 04, 2016 05:12pm

AND the SAARC forum is hijacked yet again by two governments.... Your populations are living below poverty lines. Help them instead of spewing this meaningless hatred!!

Harmony-1© Aug 04, 2016 05:13pm

Rajnath praise galores...typical Indian trolls' urge to be self-congratulatory even when the same old rhetoric is uttered as nothing new was said!

Ayaz Aug 04, 2016 05:14pm

“There are no good terrorists or bad terrorists," rightly said sir, and to put in the same frame as far as Kashmir is concerned India's actions are nothing but terrorism.

Kamal2 Aug 04, 2016 05:17pm

@Lunch box If they did their jobs, didn't hv an agenda, and followed the law they wouldn't be where they are right now.

Ali jee Aug 04, 2016 05:19pm

India and Israel looking for trouble

rae Aug 04, 2016 05:23pm

Good work Mr. Rajnath Singh......

New delhi. Aug 04, 2016 05:24pm

Rajnath one man army.

Jalbani Baloch Aug 04, 2016 05:26pm

The day is not far away when Kashmir will become Pakistan and the dream of the founder of Pakistan will come into reality. The Indians accept it or not, but the ground reality speaks this way, as Kashmir is a muslism majority area, and it did not accept Indian hegemony from the very break-up of India. We, Pakistanis, shall continue to support them with our best wishes and prayers till they achieve their independence from occupying India.

Mandy Aug 04, 2016 05:27pm

India, who is a member of B.R.I.C.S, G-20, ASEAN and many more giant groups doesn't need to be in S.A.A.R.C. however she is there to help its neighbors.

xyz-Indian Aug 04, 2016 05:27pm

Why this meeting was required, if we dont talk to each other, dont waste common people money.

Mumtaz Aug 04, 2016 05:29pm

Bad terrorists or good terrorists is not the question. The question is Indian brutality on the freedom fighters in Kashmir and their heinous crimes against humanity. Welcome to the land of love and peace Mr. Rajnath.

Ayub Aug 04, 2016 05:29pm

Bilateral issues between the two countries should not have risen at such forum. They should have focused more on the common issues confronting the SAARC countries which inter alia includes the fight against terrorism, drug smuggling, human trafficking, etc. it is regretted that through their traditional attitudes Pakistan and India sabotaged the purpose of the conference.

ATHEIST! Aug 04, 2016 05:30pm

This got uglier. The ministers didn't even shake hands! The situation it messing up even more. God save the Indian subcontinent!


Anis Aug 04, 2016 05:32pm

What wrong did Rajnath say. He is correct there are no good and/or bad terrorists. Pakistan should keep Kashmir out of SAARC.

Javid Mir Aug 04, 2016 05:35pm

Geo Nisar. Thanks and Agreed.

wise Aug 04, 2016 05:35pm

Pakistan has a bigger problem with terrorism than India. India may be able to manage such issue but for Pakistan it is an existential threat. Its leaders do not even recognize it. That is its biggest failure.

True Indian Aug 04, 2016 05:37pm

He is a true RSS man, don't expect him to bow b4 anyone.

atif Aug 04, 2016 05:40pm

@Anis We will do what we want and discuss what is required please don't dictate..Unfortunately this describes the dictator mindset you folks are developing..Mind you Pakistani nation will not bow down to this rhetoric and will never give up on our brothers in Kashmir!!!

Mansha Sherazi Aug 04, 2016 05:40pm

Such Conferences are just waste of time, money and resources!!!

Mansha Sherazi Aug 04, 2016 05:41pm

@Rahul ...Leader??????

Alam Aug 04, 2016 05:42pm

Can India label Bhagat Singh a terrorist? Angrez had labelled him a terrorist. Similarly Pakistan and Kashmiris consider Wani a martyr whereas Indians call him terrorist. If he is Hero for Kashmiris how come we call him terrorist.

Aman Aug 04, 2016 05:46pm

People fighting for theit freedom will always be called terrorist . Just like Nelson Mandela was once called.

Atif Aug 04, 2016 05:46pm

Excellent job by Ch. Nisar by keeping diplomatic norms and by highlighting atrocities of Indian forces in the occupied Jammu & Kashmir. Hats off to your Sir!

SHARMAJI Aug 04, 2016 05:46pm

@WISE, You are right Sir.

FF Aug 04, 2016 05:47pm

@Kamal2 past. Pakistan is here because of the past. What we are doing today will bear fruit tomorrow. For once try to understand what has been said.

Sushma, Qayamat tak Aug 04, 2016 05:58pm

India will stand by its position.Rajnath Singhji gave a clear massage to Pakistan on terrorism.

Talha Aug 04, 2016 06:00pm

First they use pellets against innocent unarmed people and kill them and then have this to say. Burhan wani was no terrorist and all those people protesting aren't either. This will only fuel the kashmir cause.

Hamaad Aug 04, 2016 06:01pm

Good going Chaudhry Nisar Sir. You spoke the sentiments of our whole nation.

lalit Aug 04, 2016 06:04pm

good one rajnath singh ji

Faisal Aug 04, 2016 06:06pm

very good, keep doing the same. Peace seems to be a distant dream now.

SAEED MASOOD Aug 04, 2016 06:09pm

India is guilty of its deeds in Kashmir...In fact he rest of the world is also guilty sitting quite and watching poor armless Kashmiris killed and blinded...

Rafathussain Aug 04, 2016 06:12pm

@kanwarch Is Pakistan is differentiating between terrorists and good citizens?

Neighbour Aug 04, 2016 06:12pm

So how did the meeting helped anyone except providing political mileage to both the Leaders?

AMBIKAPATHI . M Aug 04, 2016 06:14pm

strongest action not only against terrorists or organisations but also against those individuals, organisations and nations.” 100% correct.

Indian Aug 04, 2016 06:15pm

Good statement by Rajanath Singh

Samir Lone Aug 04, 2016 06:15pm

“Using torture against innocent children and violence against civilians qualifies as terrorism”

Well said Mr. Interior Minister. India has lost all moral standing with regards to Kashmir, and they should vacate all occupied territories. Otherwise there will be no end to attacks against occupation forces, and for every Burhan Wani killed - 1,000 more replace him. Kashmiri Nation deserves our Azadi, we are not Indians, never were and never will be. I am a proud Kashmiri and I don't want my children to grow up in a draconian environment where kids lose their eyes due to pellet gun firing and unjust militarization.

Samir Lone Aug 04, 2016 06:17pm

@jawaid Are you serious? The interior ministers statements were well-timed. Look at India's criminal, terroristic acts in Kashmir. Should we be silent? Hell no!

Samir Lone Aug 04, 2016 06:18pm

@Rao sahab. Haryana India has "great relations" with Sri Lanka and Nepal? Oh that's news. You better have a conversation with them to get a truthful picture!

Eagle eye Aug 04, 2016 06:21pm

At the time of British rule, when they hanged Rajguru, Sukhdev and Bhagat Singh they called them terrorists, but people of India called them freedom fighter and glorified them as martyrs. Same thing happened at the time of Mangal Panday. So who’s verdict is to be taken, ruler’s verdict or people’s verdict. When you fight for your independence, you become freedom fighter and if you die, you become martyr. But when others do the same thing you call them terrorist. Rajnath Singh, if you put aside your double standards, you will be able to see things in right perspective.

Samir Lone Aug 04, 2016 06:21pm

@ATHEIST! It's called the South Asian sub-continent. Not "indian"

East indian Aug 04, 2016 06:24pm

Pakistan should broadcast Rajnath singh' s speech at SAARC.

Alba Aug 04, 2016 06:25pm

The Indian interior minister has a very weak argument to justify the Indian army's actions in Kashmir.

SAT GOEL Aug 04, 2016 06:27pm

The reason Rajnath went to Pakistan despite many dissent voices in India was to do some straight talking in Islamabad. He was able to do that

F.S. Shah Aug 04, 2016 06:26pm

Please do not waste time. energy and money on any futile exercise

wellwisher Aug 04, 2016 06:27pm

SAARC is an idea whose time has not come.Better disband it

Rakesh Aug 04, 2016 06:31pm

@Alba He never said anything about Kashmir violence!

Rafe Aug 04, 2016 06:33pm

Sub continental people always blame politicians for this divide and flaming Wars when they are in western countries they get along well but I am really surprised after reading comments on here.

imtiaz syed Aug 04, 2016 06:35pm

Those who fight for the freedom are valiant good Taliban.(Afghanistan Taliban against US occupation, like they did in 80s and Kashmir). The bad one are those terrorists who want to destabalize nations(India, Pakistan, US etc).

Gerry D'Cunha Aug 04, 2016 06:35pm

SAARC countries are powerless and has no meaning full activities with each other,its just waste of time and money

Auginpk Aug 04, 2016 06:35pm

This is on expected lines.

Let us get over with.

shehzad Aug 04, 2016 06:39pm

Was he Modi's man when the Gujrat massacre was taking place?

N.Sid Aug 04, 2016 06:42pm

A fascist, hardliner Hindutva government in India with most of the ministers belonging to RSS, including the home minister is the best thing that has happened to Pakistan...

Payal Verma Aug 04, 2016 06:46pm

@Rao sahab. Haryana absolutely!

Abraham Haque Aug 04, 2016 06:46pm

@Ali jee yes they have been for a long time let us see what Pakistan can do about that

Zealot Aug 04, 2016 06:48pm

@sindhi why he came to pakistan?

Adeel Aug 04, 2016 06:49pm

ok let say we agree to this then Bhagat singh and other war lord so called hero's would be class as terrorist wont they ?

lafanga Aug 04, 2016 06:52pm

@sindhi "Rajnath very straight"

Really? First of all please give us your designation of TTP. Are they good or bad terrorists? Secondly ... why have you blocked news media in IOK?

Kashmir Aug 04, 2016 06:56pm

By India's definition then there is no such thing as freedom movements.

Tamil Guru Aug 04, 2016 06:56pm

Strong words from India. Stop using terrorism as part of foreign policy.

Vinutha Aug 04, 2016 07:08pm

@Ali jee And you are already in trouble

Jigar Aug 04, 2016 07:12pm

Way to go Rajnath asking.

OSD Aug 04, 2016 07:13pm

Chaudhry Sb has made us Pakistanis and Kashmiris proud!

Depressed Mohazir Aug 04, 2016 07:17pm

@Sushma, Qayamat tak Well said.

Lahori Kid Aug 04, 2016 07:18pm

All the comments made on both sides from both of these ministers should be considered personal attacks, these comments do not represent the opinions of the people of both nations. Lets work toward peace, in a proper manner instead of tu tu mae mae. Grow up politicians, over a billion lives are at stake.

Peace Aug 04, 2016 07:18pm

@jawaid Dear...Try to make peace, don't try to take peace from anyone...

Zak Aug 04, 2016 07:20pm

Well done Ch. Nisar. Thank you. You have won the hearts of all Pakistan.

roy Aug 04, 2016 07:27pm

What's the problem between India and Pakistan? Is it Kashmir? I think it's basically EGO.

Payal Verma Aug 04, 2016 07:28pm

@Samir Lone looks like you don't have real knowledge. Just last year Sri Lanka former president Mahinda Rajapaksa visited India for good relations.

Tamil Guru Aug 04, 2016 07:29pm

Well done Rajnath Singh. Thank you. You have won the hearts of all India.

Wariss from Jammu Aug 04, 2016 07:30pm

Well Said Sir.. We are with you..

Deprived Baloch Aug 04, 2016 07:31pm

@Sushma, Qayamat tak You are right.Fully agree with your views.

Jamil Aug 04, 2016 07:33pm

@Raj The people of India should understand that the people of Kashmir do not want to remain a part of India. The Kashmiris want freedom (free from Indian rule) The sooner this reality is understood the better it is for peace in the region and the economic prosperity for this whole region.

game in kashmir Aug 04, 2016 07:36pm

Kashmir is a fight between India and Pakistan with pro-India political parties PDP and NC and anti-India separatist Hurriyat conference supported by Pakistan.

Dr. Salaria, Aamir Ahmad Aug 04, 2016 07:38pm

Mr. Nisar hit the nail on the head and showed the courage, fortitude and the candid approach to call a spade a spade. However, the "movers and shakers" in India including its current SAARC delegation in Islamabad as usual did not have the vision to read the writings on the wall as they say and blindly followed their decades old and obsolete policy of not recognizing the right of self-deternunation of the hapless and helpless but brave Kashmiri people. What a silly joke?

Angry Pitbull Aug 04, 2016 07:38pm

Ruling pakistan government leaders succeeded in diverting the people attention from core issues like panama leak and other issues .....well done bravo

Zakir Ali afghani Aug 04, 2016 07:40pm

I thank Indians embassy for supporting our people in KSA . Pakistan should use this opportunity to thank India at saarc as they are helping all without distinguishing as good south Asians and bad south Asians

Dr Ramesh K Sharma Aug 04, 2016 07:41pm

@atif This was a SAARC meeting and not India vs Pakistan dual.

Haroon Raja Aug 04, 2016 07:43pm

how long are you going to suppress the masses. If the majority don't like to be ruled then let them decide. Is that difficult for Indians to understand. Kashmiris don't like to be ruled by Indians. So let the Kashmiris decide. It is as simple as that.

What India is doing in Kashmir is State Terrorism. !!!!!

Surya Kant Agrawal Aug 04, 2016 07:46pm

Where can I see and watch speech of Indian home minister. I am told he delivered a great speech.

Asif Aug 04, 2016 07:48pm

Indian HM is very clear to pitch his message regarding India's ask to Pakistan to act on terrorist involved in mumbai and pathankot attacks. His speech was spot on.

no effect Aug 04, 2016 07:50pm

The speech of Rajnath singh will have zero effect to improve relationship between India and Pakistan

Dr Ramesh K Sharma Aug 04, 2016 07:52pm

@Samir Lone Relation between countries are based on mutual interests and not because of love or affection. Poor relations between India-Pakistan and China-India are due to boundary disputes left by their histories and the friendship between Pakistan-China is due to common disputes with India and nothing else. History has shown that over time relations change as has been witnessed many a times.

DJ Aug 04, 2016 07:53pm

i am extremely delighted by CH Nisar's bold speech at SARC conference.

Shah Aug 04, 2016 07:54pm

Champions of democracy and peace defends the killings in Kashmir... and say wah wah here???

Sri Aug 04, 2016 07:55pm

This is a wasted meeting meant for public consumption. Pakistan has a long way to go if all its actions are Kashmir centric. It needs to curb terrorism emanating from within its soil for international credibility. Democracy within Pakistan has to be the core objective and has to nurtured and strengthened. They have to be realistic with regards to Kashmir and the best they can hope for is something like the Irish model which would be would be a visa free open border travel with the SAARC countries including India.

Samad Chaudhry London Aug 04, 2016 07:56pm

Chaudhry Nisar Well done You have a hard task but you are fit for it. Best wishes

Inder Singh Aug 04, 2016 07:56pm

Why Ch Nisar didn't openly state Indian Government's role in killing innocent Kashmiris? Why he didn't accuse directly?

feed up Aug 04, 2016 07:58pm

In Indian media I only see discussion on Kashmir and Pakistan nothing else no other news, I am feed up of it, Pakistan and Kashmir debates has lots of TRPs and hence media houses use them to earn lots of money.

Dr Ramesh K Sharma Aug 04, 2016 08:03pm

@Samir Lone It doesn't matter what you and I say but it is the name currently in use. Why argue about this and you can call it anything you want.

International Community Aug 04, 2016 08:03pm

As an international observer I can say that the ongoing protest against Indian administration is totally not required. Indian army does not want to kill Kashmiris. If it wanted Kashmir would be without Kashmiris right now. I also belive that Kashmiris do not suffer any rights issue as well.

Jamil Aug 04, 2016 08:04pm

@Tamil Guru Try to be realistic. There is a distinction between freedom movement and terrorism. Terrorism is condemned by ordinary people, but freedom movement enjoys the support of overwhelming majority of the people, which is being witnessed at the present time.

It is time for India to be realistic and solve the problem of Kashmir according to the aspirations of the people of Kashmir.

IamWani Aug 04, 2016 08:04pm

Rajnath was beating old drums defending Kashmir atrosities. Rajnath see Pakistani flags waved by Kashmiri youth and respond with pellet guns blinding hundreds...

IamWani Aug 04, 2016 08:07pm

After Ch. Nisar speech Rajnath Sing run away from conference. Did not talk to reporters even.

Adeel Aug 04, 2016 08:07pm

shouldn't we all talk about peace! just for a change should we give peace a chance ?

Jamil Aug 04, 2016 08:07pm

@Surya Kant Agrawal Killing innocent people in Kashmir and you call it a great speech for justifying it.

Abdul Shakoor Narejo Aug 04, 2016 08:13pm

It is time to be serious and conduct dialogue with all stakeholders on board but not to indulge in blame game because it has not resolved even a single political issue in the world. The statements by both Interior ministers reflect the unprofessional ism which would further affect their relations in future. The government of Pakistan should first eradicate militancy from the state with zero tolerance not only using only military but also political options. On the other hand , still how much Indian government would use its especially military act to kill people to silent the voice of the people.

pankaj Aug 04, 2016 08:15pm

very sad news both countries are still fighting. i am happy to see some people in pak still feel good relations with there neighbors. i wish both countries join hand together. good for our coming generations.

no dispute Aug 04, 2016 08:17pm

India believes Kashmir is not a dispute and doesn't believe Pakistan and Hurriyat as stake holders in the dispute.

Jehanzeb Idrees Aug 04, 2016 08:21pm

Two Rajputs at each other.

It was understood that Rajath was only coming here to naming and shaming Pakistan, Nisar timely preempted it to thwart the former's virulent initiative.

The result would have been the same had Pakistan been too goody goody to the Indian Interior Minister instead.

no solution Aug 04, 2016 08:21pm

This political dispute between India and Pakistan will not get solved, neither India is winning neither Pakistan is winning in this Kashmir game nor it is resolved through talks.

manjunath singh Aug 04, 2016 08:22pm

@Alam For Britishers, India was foreign. kashmir is not foreign to India. Its one of the 29 states of The Republic Of India.

Raja Aug 04, 2016 08:31pm

@International Community so rightly said

Tere Yaad Aug 04, 2016 08:33pm

Nisar you are a man .

FaK Aug 04, 2016 08:34pm

We made SAARC for regional cooperation and conciliation and here we are fighting with each other. I dont thinks its a rational decision from both the veteran ministers. They should have behaved like decent politcians instead if harsh war of words.

Kahmiri Aug 04, 2016 08:36pm

well said Rajnath

Rashid Aug 04, 2016 08:44pm

state terrorism by India on all fronts.. destabilizing communities, religious groups, communities, regions........

Namo Aug 04, 2016 08:48pm

Rajnath has bluntly pointed out the facts I admire him for that

Jamil Aug 04, 2016 08:51pm

@no solution The people of Kashmir themselves will win one day InshaAllah

One Big Question Aug 04, 2016 09:22pm

Can any one point what basic human freedom is denied in Kashmir? and dont say general statement like self dertermination etc. be very specific.

Eagle eye Aug 04, 2016 09:38pm

@Sushma, Qayamat tak When will you Indians understand what Kashmiris are saying to you in a straight way "leave our land and go away"

Eagle eye Aug 04, 2016 09:41pm

@Rahul What Rajnath Singh said, was for his domestic audience, as it is quit evident from the comments of Indians.

Sami Shahid Aug 04, 2016 09:45pm

Indians have a habit to sabotage the peaceful environment....Chaudary Nisar is a great minister and a leader....what he did is absolutely right one thing he should have done was to ask Indian interior minister to get out of the conference !

noshin Aug 04, 2016 10:02pm

good job chaudhry nisar

Vasan Aug 04, 2016 10:04pm

Saarc countries should promote peace - Good statement by Pakistani PM, but the question is how to bring ?

Vg Aug 04, 2016 10:21pm

Both countries should respect visiting dignateries ..

Sachin Aug 04, 2016 10:47pm

We need to create an office of friendship staffed by a Minister from Pak and a Minister from India. They both will be allowed to make only and only positive statements and it will be their job to make atleast one positive statement or highlight one positive event everyday. They cannot make any negative statements. All negatives should be left to the Foreign Ministers or the Defence/Security Advisors. Try it - you may be surprised.

Arslan Aug 04, 2016 10:50pm

It seems Rajnath did a runner. He wasn't expecting Ch Nisar to put India in it's place in front of all it's subordinates! Well done Ch Nisar, finally a Minister with guts to speak the truth in the face on an Indian Minister.

M.Sethi Aug 04, 2016 11:04pm

Bravo Ch.Nisar ,well and truly said .

Thank you, for showing India it's true face in the mirror by supporting the hapless Kashmiris, struggling for their freedom from the tyrannical forced occupational rule by India .

We, Pakistanis, shall continue to support them with our best wishes and prayers till they achieve their independence from occupying India.

Gaurav Aug 04, 2016 11:17pm

Today the much awaited GST bill has been passed in India which would give boom to its fast growing economy. I feel proud when I see that my India is 7th largest economy of the world as per GDP and 3rd largest economy in terms of PPP. Here, India is trying to get its market open and easy for all investors but Pakistan's politicians, extremists are continuously raking Kashmir issue to distract their people from other issues. Indian political parties were also used to the same but I am happy that they have changed their priorities. I think Pakistan should focus on development. India will be far ahead if Pakistan doesn't do anything now. I urge Pakistanis to stop voting for Kashmir agenda and vote for those politicians who promise development. A sincere advice from a friend.

Jyoti Aug 04, 2016 11:22pm

If Kashmir is only problem issue why our government not sit down and resolve it instead of making obstacling it. BJP should realise we want peace and progress.

Sri Rama Aug 04, 2016 11:47pm

India should withdraw from SAARC, taking a cue from BREXIT. SAARC organization failed miserably on both political and trade fronts. It is better for India to negotiate free trade agreements with whichever countries it wants in south Asia directly. For heaven's sake this charade must stop, it is not benefiting any nation. With GST, Indian union has a created a trading block within India twice as large as EU, NAFTA or ASEAN. It can do better than these silly SAARC sideshows.

Reality Aug 04, 2016 11:47pm

Mr. Rajnath could have posted this on his facebook or twitter page. Why bother spending so much money and time to say something like this on this forum?

LordHasSpoken Aug 04, 2016 11:48pm

@Arslan - everyone knows how competent your ministers are my friend... enough said..

N.S Aug 04, 2016 11:49pm

@Gaurav India ranks 142 in the world in per capita GDP, there is huge poverty figures with more poor than the sub saharan Africa, the figures doesn't entails any preposterous pride.

India has a population of 1.3 billion and it's GDP is less than Germany with a population of 88 million, or of Japan with a population of 120 million, or of Britain with a population of 60 million.

TRON Aug 04, 2016 11:50pm

@Jyoti : What a stupid question as if you have no knowledge on Kashmir issue. It is pending for last 68 years and if this problem is solved, how Indian and Pakistani politicians will get votes and rule the emotional fools.

Rehman Aug 05, 2016 12:21am

It may be best to disband SAARC, as we have nothing in common with India. We should focus on our own development, and they should focus on theirs. In any case, we have more in common with the Middle East, both culturally and economically. So maybe we should join an economic grouping with the Middle East instead of SAARC. That way we can forget about each other for at least 10 years, and we can have some peace.

Umer Aug 05, 2016 12:47am

Waste of time & energy.

KJ Aug 05, 2016 12:48am

@Gaurav : What you say makes perfect sense, but is anyone listening?

Rahaul Chakarwadi Aug 05, 2016 12:59am

@Rahul Rajnath does not even know the stance of kashmiris people that they want freedom and suppress of freedom struggles while camouflaging them under the guise of terrorism is like making fool to yourself

Ravi Vancouver Aug 05, 2016 01:07am

Both side leaders are just rehetoric and counter rehetoric nothing practical is achieved except increase emotions in both countries and increase hatred between people. Kashmir issue is just used as political gimmicks, both countries are not keen to solve this issue. I hope good sense prevails between India and Pakistan in near future and Kashmir issue shall be solved through serious dialogue and the best possible solution shall be reached. Another war is not a good option for both countries.

Samir Lone Aug 05, 2016 01:26am

@Payal Verma I have news for you. I have traveled extensively in Sri Lanka and have many friendly contacts and business contacts. Even in business settings where politics was not appropriate, Sri Lankans I spoke to had nothing but negative views about India's activities in Sri Lanka. It's understandable, given your country's support for LTTE not to mention your fishermen breaching their waters. To brush that under the rug wont work, we are not dumb.

Safir siddiqui Aug 05, 2016 01:57am

Well done Chowdhry Nisar.

saber Aug 05, 2016 02:07am

Fantastic job by Ch Nisar Ali Khan.

Desi Bhai Aug 05, 2016 02:30am

Well, both countries are now throwing open punches. Let's see where it goes.

Sab Se Pehle Pakistan Aug 05, 2016 02:35am

PML-N and Modi government are one from inside. This is all drama

abx Aug 05, 2016 02:58am

He cant face the criticism and ran away. look at his tolerance level, people like him should not be at govt post.he should learn manners to behave in other countries.

abx Aug 05, 2016 03:00am

temperament of Indian minister is really bad. he cant even tolerate criticism, imagine how he is handling issues in Kashmir

Abraham Haque Aug 05, 2016 04:10am

@Ayaz really

Marcus Aug 05, 2016 05:06am

Amazing how the comments from both sides of the border differ. Without sounding bias towards either, Peace and prosperity should be the paramount consideration otherwise the purpose of such meetings is defeated. However having said that its amazing how all the Indians support their ministers view on human rights violation and war crimes committed against people struggling for the right to self determine. Its almost as if the Indians are saying its okay to carry such vile acts. This is clearly wrong. equally the Pakistanis seem to be divided on whether they should support the kashmiri struggle or not. Ironically Saarc meetings are mostly to do with Peace and Prosperity and therefore Nisar didnt do anything wrong by raising the issue as afterall its been the main cause of war between the two countries. However, the Indians are blinded by patriotism to such an extent that despite human rights violations.

Akil Akhtar Aug 05, 2016 05:25am

States occupying and killing people for demanding their rights now use the terrorist label freely to hide their crimes....

R Subramanian Aug 05, 2016 05:56am

@IB Throwing stones and injuring jawans are not considered as peaceful protest. Stones are also a weapon

Charlie Aug 05, 2016 06:07am

We want to hear our home minister Rajnath Singh's speech at SAARC. why was it blacked out and media not allowed to cover our home ministers speech? A very Childish act.

Dr. Ramesh Sharma Aug 05, 2016 06:30am

@Arslan Please explain if Mr Nisar did such a stellar job then why the speech of the same minister, Rajnath Singh was blocked.

Really Aug 05, 2016 07:02am

Why pretend? It's no use....India and Pakistan will NEVER become friends even though they are the closest culturally and racially. Unfortunate, but life goes on...maybe the following generations will be able to mend fences.

vijay,salem Aug 05, 2016 07:18am

The SAARC has lost its purpose . High time India come out of this tooth less organisation.

J Abid Aug 05, 2016 07:45am

Rajnath acted like a spoiled child leaving the SAARK meeting so abruptly. He should have responded to Nisar's point of view with logic and reason. Highly undiplomatic and immature.

s kumar Aug 05, 2016 09:47am

both countries having one culture, one language , belonging to same bloodline - but still poles apart . ....

S Mathur Aug 05, 2016 10:52am

Dialogue is the best way to resolve any and all disputes. Very true. Provided you know who to enter into the dialogue with. In this case, the real powers who veto any rapproachment achieved through dialogue are never the ones engaging in the dialogue. And the ones who do have no power to commit to anything. Renders the whole dialogue process redundant, doesnt it.

Raj kumar Aug 05, 2016 10:59am

@Rehman no need to disband,as you said ask yr country to leave as balance all are working closely enough to sort out their problem.

tapish Aug 05, 2016 11:05am

No mention even in the Indian media.

Fani Aug 05, 2016 11:12am

After 70 years...the insane politics still going on from both side...!!

Hanif Roghani Aug 05, 2016 11:28am

Great Chaudry Nisar saib.You are the true representative of Pakistani nation.The history of Pakistan will remember you in golden words.

s kumar Aug 05, 2016 12:36pm

@Samir Lone -in short - srilanka the northern parts are mostly hindu majority tamils and people there fought for equality . they share common culture with the southern parts of india (tamilnadu almost 90% hindus ) .hence the support- that too only for equal rights not for division. .nd still indian govt. believes in united strilanka only and wants both groups to live amicably with equal status . The southern parts are mostly buddhist sinhalese and want to marginalise the hindus thru the majority politics , demographic change and constitution . In eastern parts some areas are muslim tamils majority and they also want equality . All communities have their origin from indian mainland and almost are same culturally. These are the facts . What you say is true- sinhalese do not like india bcos india wants ethnic equality and peace in srilanka and peace . good advise is not liked . This is no rocket science

Puru Aug 05, 2016 04:02pm

@IB Do you know how many Security personal were killed and injured by these protesters ?

eik pakistani Aug 05, 2016 04:42pm

south asian problem of kashmir can be solved in one day of referendum in kashmir like the british voted in one day of referendum to leave europe union , do referundum in kashmir in all pakistan and indian states of jammu and kashmir and problem will be solved

Saad Ullah Aug 05, 2016 05:04pm

Rajnath Singh holds no point by just blaming.

haider ali Aug 05, 2016 05:21pm

@IB Very rightly said.

haider ali Aug 05, 2016 05:21pm

@rae Good work where... in Kashmir ?

haider ali Aug 05, 2016 05:22pm

@kanwarch 100% correct.

haider ali Aug 05, 2016 05:23pm

Rajnath should think twice before speaking.

Changez_Khan Aug 05, 2016 07:45pm

The best Interior Minister of Pakistan Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, we love ya.

Wg Cdr Tanvir Ahmed Mohajir Aug 05, 2016 08:08pm

Rajnanth along with other Indian leaders have to act more statesmanly.

Marcus Aug 05, 2016 08:33pm

if Pakistan continue to engage with India it is endorsing such playground thing for Pakistan to do at this stage is tell the world its going to sever ties with India and refuse to engage diplomatically with India until it resolves human rights violation in Kashmir and its foreign policy towards Pakistan. About time Pakistan realised it doesnt need India and took control of its own diplomatic future rather than rely on India to decide....and to do so on the above grounds would also mean that Pakistan will need to address its own internal issues of terrorism and corruption. Golden opportunity for Pakistan to start afresh. Goodluck from the UK.

awais Aug 05, 2016 10:15pm

Great leaders stay and face the problem head to head.

Great leaders do not leave in the middle.

Krishna Aug 06, 2016 05:45am

Dear All, Please read Irfan's article, on Kashmir, that appeared in Dawn today.

NAEEM SYED Aug 06, 2016 05:59am

I read all the remarks by our friends in India and I was astonished at the hatred they have exhibited. We in Pakistan are far more moderate and sophisticated to stoop to that level . We have offered our hand in friendship Far too often and maybe if we helped the Kashmiris get independence may bring their ego dos a couple of notches.

Aftab Shah Aug 06, 2016 09:45am

Views expressed by honorable interior minister of Pakistan Ch. Nisar at SAARC Sumit are well placed & echo sentiments of whole Pakistani nation

Manik Aug 06, 2016 10:01am


Masood Aug 06, 2016 10:17am

Well done Chaudhry Nisar Pakistansstand should be bold and unapologetic!! We owe it to hundreds and thousands of innocent Kashmiris who lost there lives by brute occupying Indian forces Independent plebescite is only answer!!

shami Aug 06, 2016 02:45pm

@Anis Kashmir is a part of south asia. How will you remove it from SAARC.

Imran Aug 06, 2016 02:46pm

@Rahul straight eh?, let Kashmir have the democratic vote and stop cutting off the supply line in Nepal.

sss Aug 06, 2016 02:53pm

@Umair : Really??

Jamil Aug 06, 2016 03:19pm

@Eagle eye I fully endorse your views.

Calling freedom movement in Kashmir as terrorism by India is a contradiction.

ashok Aug 06, 2016 05:02pm

@Ali jee your highness has taken a decision, now implement it

ashok Aug 06, 2016 05:03pm

@Jalbani Baloch and continue to perish

ashok Aug 06, 2016 05:08pm

@Ayub at last a matured comment-in full agreement with u sir... even if mistake has been made, to sit and and talk about it is needed

Manoj Aug 06, 2016 05:36pm

@Lunch box But "Good" ones are still inside Pakistan. that's what Mr. Rajnath Singh was pointing at...