Rajnath Singh to attend SAARC meet in Pakistan next month

| Thursday, July 28, 2016 - 15:02
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New Delhi: Home Minister Rajnath Singh will be visiting Pakistan to attend South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation’s (SAARC) interior and home ministers conference on August 3 and 4. Singh will have bilateral meetings with leaders from Pakistan and other countries.

Amid the ongoing tensions between India and Pakistan, this will be the first visit by a senior leader to Pakistan post Pathankot attack, which took place on Jan 2.

In the meeting, Rajnath Singh would raise the issue of cross-border terrorism. 
The Home Minister has already pointed fingers at Pakistan for stoking unrest in Kashmir where a wave of violence, following the killing on July 8 of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani, has claimed about 50 lives and left thousands injured. 
The South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (Saarc) leadership had agreed in 2005 during the 13th Summit in Dhaka that Home/Interior Ministers of the Saarc nations may meet annually to strengthen cooperation in the area of counter-terrorism.
The first meeting of Home/Interior Ministers was held in Dhaka on May 11, 2006.
(With IANS inputs)

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