New Delhi: The news of blacking out the speech of Home Minister Rajnath Singh has been refuted by Pakistan saying it is the standard SAARC practice that the opening statement by a host country is public and open to the media while the rest of the proceedings are in camera, which allows for a full and frank discussion of issues.

According to sources, the media reports of a ‘blackout’ of the Home Minister’s statement are misleading.

Media was not allowed to cover Rajnath Singh speech at SAARC conference in Pakistan. Both Indian and Pakistani media were barred from telecasting the speech.

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At the seventh SAARC meeting in Pakistan, Rajnath Singh said that there should be no glorification of terrorist as martyrs. “There is no good or bad terrorism. Terrorism is terrorism. There should be no glorification or eulogising of terrorists as martyrs,” Singh said.

During the inaugural session, Pakistan’s Interior Minister Chaudhary Nisar Ali Khan said, “This important meet gives us opportunity to collectively and unanimously decide our future course of action. We must do a reality check of what we have achieved so far and what still remains to be done.”
 
“Pakistan is committed to SAARC process and desires to see it a successful regional organization. It is time for us to seize the moment, to leverage our potential and overcome our challenges,” Nisar Ali Khan added.