New Delhi: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday lashed out at Pakistan for its unacceptable ‘dual’ role and said ending terrorist activities was a pre-condition for any dialogue with the neighbouring country. “Promoting terrorist activities and entering into a dialogue for peace cannot run together,” he said.
Addressing the media, he said either Islamabad should stop aiding terrorist activities or express its commitment against terrorism with assurance that it would not allow it to grow in Pakistan. “If it finds difficult to control terrorist activities, why it is not seeking help from its neighbour India?” he asked.
“If a crusade against Taliban can start in Afghanistan with the help of the US , why not commence a similar action in Pakistan? the home minister asked further.
On the outcome of election results in Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Mizoram, Rajasthan and Telangana, he said, “Prayas to Bharatiya Janta Party ka yahi raha hai ki hame kamyabi mile, milni bhi chahiye yeh vishwas hai, parinam ki pratiksha kijiye (Efforts of BJP has been to win, we are confident of that, wait for the results)”.
Furthermore, he disapproved that the election in the five states was a semi-final for the 2019 Lok Sabha election, adding that “final is final”.
This is not the first time that Rajnath Singh has hit out at Pakistan. Earlier in November, he had accused the country of attempting to destabilise India through terrorist elements. “Pakistan is not mending its ways despite Prime Minister Narendra Modi trying his best to make cordial relations with Islamabad. Pakistan is trying to destabilise India through terrorist elements,” the Home Minister had said while calling the neighbouring country a land of terrorism for giving shelter and patronage to terrorists.
Singh also stated that the situation would not improve unless the government of Pakistan takes right initiatives to eliminate the menace of terrorism. “If they will take steps in the right direction and under right command, we may also help them in getting rid of the menace of terrorism,” he added.