Told Pakistan to act against terrorism, not to glorify it: Rajnath Singh

Rajnath urged all nations to respect the "ban on terror outfits by the UN must be respected"

Told Pakistan to act against terrorism, not to glorify it: Rajnath Singh

Urging all SAARC nations to respect UN ban on terror outfit, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday told Pakistan not to glorify terrorism but to fight against it.

Rajnath on Thursday went for a two-day Pakistan visit to attend the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) interior ministers meeting.

"I told them that strongest action must be taken not just against the terrorists but also those who support terrorism," Rajnath Singh on Friday narrated at Rajya Sabha.

The home minister said he suggested to the SAARC member countries that the "ban on terror outfits by the UN must be respected".

"There is no good or bad terrorism. I urged all members that terrorists should not be glorified or patronised."

He said as South Asia "suffers from terrorism, India's message is for peace and humanity and that terrorism is the biggest enemy of humanity".

Pakistan hosted the Saarc meeting amid a bloody unrest in the Kashmir Valley that has left more than 50 people dead in clashes between security forces and Kashmiri protesters in nearly a month of turmoil.

In Islamabad, the home minister criticised the Pakistan government for describing slain pro-Pakistan Kashmiri rebel commander Burhan Wani as a "martyr".

Wani's killing triggered the Kashmir unrest - blamed on Pakistan by India.

On Thursday, the home minister used the SAARC platform to denounce "glorification and patronisation of terrorism" by any country.

"One country's terrorist cannot be a freedom fighter for anyone... I also speak for the entire humanity, not just for India or other Saarc members, in urging that in no circumstances should terrorists be eulogised as martyrs," Singh told Saarc home minister's conference .

"Countries that provide support, encouragement, give sanctuary and safe haven and assistance to terrorists and terrorism must be isolated," he said, in Pakistan.

(With inputs from IANS)