Thursday, 28 August 2014

BSF directed to not show white flag any more when Pak opens fire at LoC: Rajnath

LUCKNOW: Issuing a stern warning to Pakistan for indulging in firing at LOC, union home minister Rajnath Singh said that the BSF personnel have been directed to not show any white flag anymore but give a befitting reply on firing from other side. On a day's visit at Lucknow to launch Pradhanmantri Jandhan Yojna, the home minister said that no wonder India wants good relations with its neighbouring country to have the same, Pakistan will have to reciprocate in the same way.

There has been thaw on foreign secretary level talk, after India pulled out following Pakistan's decision to talk to Kashmiri separatists days before foreign secretary level talk was to resume.

Despite firing from Pakistan on Indo-Pak border, mainly to divert the attention from infiltrators and destabilise the country, "the BSF has shown white flag on 16 occasions when firing began from other side in a bid to hold meetings," Rajnath said and added, "but now I have directed them not to show white flag any more but give them a befitting reply."

Rajnath also revealed that the process to rehabilitate Kashmiri pandits in Jammu and Kashmir was on and he himself will be visiting Kashmir on September 5 and hold talks with J&K chief minister Omar Abdullah on the issue. The rehabilitation package would soon come out, the home minister said and added that the Centre has allocated a fund of Rs 500 for the same in this year's budget.

On Musharraf's threat that Pakistan is a nuclear-armed state, Rajnath said that he doesn't take his threat seriously as there was no need for such threat at a time when several countries in the world are nunclea armed. Despite this being the fact, the very threat by him (Gen Musharraf) is not a health thought, he said.

Coming back to international relations, Rajnath said that country international policy is not only clear but has good intention and the same could be corroborated from the fact that it happened for the first time in the Independent India's history that all the neighbouring nations heads attended the swearing in ceremony of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. If that was not enough, the Prime Minister began his international visits first by going to one of the smallest country of Bhutan and then went to Nepal where not Indian premiere had gone for the past 17 years.

In references to Pakistan, he said that doesn't mean that the country will not take tough measures.

Expressing concern over internal security, Rajnath said that efforts are on to strengthen internal security. Once reiterating Centre's stand, Rajnath said that maintaining Centre-state responsibility was Ministry of Home Affairs responsibility. "I assure all the state governments that Centre would cooperate in all ways to the state governments irrespective of the political party which is ruling the state," Rajnath said.

On political situation after Bihar by poll results, Rajnath said that ups and downs in politics keep on happening. "Takraar ke baad hi ikraar hota hai. Halaanki wahan per takraar hai hi nahin ikraar hi ikraar hai," former BJP chief said to a question on Shiv Sena-BJP alliance. Singh,Omar Abdullah,Narendra Modi,ministry of home affairs,Jammu and kashmir

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