New Delhi: Home Minister Rajnath Singh, a day after attending the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) conference which took place in Islamabad, Pakistan, briefed the Upper House (Rajya Sabha) of the Parliament about the visit on Friday.
Addressing the Rajya Sabha, the Home Minister said, “I participated in 7th SAARC meeting. Almost all countries condemned terrorism and I also stressed on it. I appealed to end this menace. I also said don’t glorify or patronise. I urged all members that terrorists should not be glorified nor should be patronised.”
Here are the key points of Rajnath’s address in Rajya Sabha:
  • Terrorists cannot be martyrs.
  • Supporters of such ‘terrorist’ organisations should be strictly acted against. 
  • I respect international condemnation; do not differentiate between good or bad terror. 
  • Non-state actors should be acted against. Extradition should be assured too so law can take its course. 
  • International norms of terrorism should be ratified.
  • Countries need to be onboard for mutual assistance on criminal matters.
Speaking about SAARC Terrorist Offences Monitoring Desk (STOMD) on Pakistan, Rajnath said that it has not ratified STOMD. “They said they will work towards it soon. I really hope it’s soon. There is a cloud of terror over South Asia; world community is worried. We have given our clear message on it and other SAARC countries also mentioned it. Terror is the biggest enemy of human rights,” said the Home Minister. 

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