Jaipur: Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday said that Pakistan can seek India’s help if it cannot handle the fight against terrorism alone. “I want to ask the Pakistani prime minister (Imran Khan) that if in Afghanistan, a fight can be carried out against terror and Taliban with the help of the US, then, Pakistan can seek help against terrorism from India if it feels that it cannot handle it alone,” he said while addressing a press conference.
The Home Minister also accused the Congress of creating a crisis of distrust in politics and claimed there was a difference in their words and deeds. “I do not want to claim that terrorism has stopped, but no major terrorist incident has happened in the country in the last four-and-a-half years,?” he said.
Singh said Jammu and Kashmir was not an issue as it was an integral part of the country. “The issue is of terrorism, and Pakistan can discuss it,” Singh said. Terrorism is confined only to Kashmir where also the situation is improving, Singh said adding Panchayat elections in J&K is being conducted successfully. “The government has brought Jammu and Kashmir into political process. As far as terrorism is concerned, there is no second thought that it is Pakistan sponsored,” the Home Minister said.
The Union minister asserted that the country and its borders are safe. Terrorism has reduced and the problem of Naxalism will get eliminated from the country in the coming years, he added.
Naxal related incidents have come down by 50-60 per cent in the last four years, he said, adding it has reduced from 90 districts to only 8-9 districts and that the problem will get eliminated in next three to five years.
Earlier in the day, Rajnath Singh launched a scathing attack on the Congress. Taking on Rahul Gandhi’s remark that ‘surgical strikes were conducted during UPA too but not publicised’, the home minister retaliated by questioning Gandhi’s claim, saying, why did the then government not deem necessary to make army valour and effort public. “Why is he saying this now? Why did they not make the Army’s valour and effort public? People have a right to know achievements of Army. He is suddenly realising this now?,” Rajnath Singh asked people while addressing a press conference.
(With PTI inputs)