India to discuss cross-border terrorism at SAARC meet; no bilateral talks planned

| Tuesday, August 2, 2016 - 09:16
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India will raise cross border terrorism and state sponsorship of militants issue: Sources

New Delhi: In the forthcoming South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation’s (SAARC) interior and home ministers’ conference on August 3 and 4, India will raise cross border terrorism and state sponsorship of militants issue, according to sources. Home Minister Rajnath Singh will be attending the meet in Islamabad. 
As was being speculated earlier, bilateral talks with Pakistan on the sidelines of SAARC Home Ministers' conference have not been planned as of today.
A day ago, addressing the media regarding Rajnath's Islamabad visit, Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju said, "He is going to Pakistan for SAARC conference. It's a multi-lateral meeting, not bilateral talks."
Briefing the media about Home Minister's Pakistan visit, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) earlier on Friday asserted that Rajnath Singh's visit to Islamabad will be solely for the purpose of attending the SAARC ministerial conference and ruled out any possibilities of bilateral talks with leaders of Pakistan. 
Meanwhile, criticising the government ahead of Rajnath's Pakistan visit, the Samajwadi Party (SP) on Friday hit out at the centre saying that dialogue with Islamabad will yield no results. 
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