Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh likely to talk about Indo-Pak during his visit to Islamabad


Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh will talk about Pakistani counterpart during his visit his to Islamabad next week. The news was confirmed by Home Ministry officials.

Rajnath Singh is likely to emphasize on the issues of Kashmir unrest, arrest of Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorists and the pending visit of the NIA team to Pakistan.

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Ministry of External Affairs said the meeting was meant for regional security and therefore was distinct from bilateral issues between two sides.

“These meetings as you know discuss regional cooperation on a number of security-related matters and take stock of regional security mechanisms. Our participation is in the context of our ‘neighbourhood first’ policy and our commitment to regional cooperation within the SAARC framework. I would once again emphasise that he is going for a multilateral event,” said MEA Spokesperson Vikas Swarup

Moreover, India told Pakistan to look after all the cross border penetration to avoid terrorist activities and clamp down on drugs smuggling during talks between the Border Security Force (BSF) and Pakistan Rangers which ended in Lahore on Thursday.

A joint record of discussions has been signed by BSF Director-General K K Sharma and Pak Rangers (Punjab) DG Maj Gen Umar Farooq Burki at the end of the four-day meeting in Pakistan.

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“The meeting was held in a cordial atmosphere and with a spirit of cooperation. It was agreed that since the last such meeting in Delhi in September 2015, there has been a greater adherence to ceasefire along the International Border.”

“DG, BSF stressed the importance of vigilance against cross border infiltration to prevent terrorist activities and check smuggling in narcotics. Both sides discussed ways to strengthen measures to coordinate border patrolling on their respective sides of the border and address each other’s concerns in a time bound manner,” it said.