Not meeting Pakistan Interior Minister Khan in Kathmandu: Rajnath Singh

Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Monday, dismissed reports that he will meet his Pakistani counterpart Nisar Ali Khan on the sidelines of SAARC conference in Kathmandu Sep 18.

By Ajith Vijay Kumar | Last Updated: Sep 01, 2014, 10:38 AM IST

New Delhi: Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Monday, dismissed reports that he will meet his Pakistani counterpart Nisar Ali Khan on the sidelines of SAARC conference in Kathmandu Sep 18.

The Home Minister's office tweeted: “News reports published today that HM will meet his Pakistani counterpart on the sidelines of SAARC conference are incorrect and fabricated.”

“The HM is of the firm opinion that terror & talks cannot go together. Unless Pakistan stops terrorism and violence no dialogue is possible.”

India had suspended talks with Pakistan after their high commissioner in Delhi, Abdul Basit, met J&K separatists against the wishes of Indian government.

Yesterday, at an election rally in Haryana, Singh had said that India would retaliate heavily to firing from across the Indo-Pak border and no peace is possible unless Pakistan stopped it.

Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar, while speaking to reporters in Jaipur, said, “We are of the opinion that Pakistan should mend its ways and if it doesn’t, it will not be good for them. Pakistan is holding talks with terrorists and then with us. This is not how it works. However, talks are being held on the border through flag meetings.”

Pakistan has been continuing with its policy to keep the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir volatile by resorting to unprovoked firing that has led to displacement of the thousands of people living in the border areas.

There had been 24 ceasefire violations in August alone, in which 2 villagers were killed and 17 others, including 4 BSF jawans, suffered injuries.

There had been 45 days of firing from across the border since July 17, during which there has been 34 ceasefire violations by Pakistan.

Last week, India had lodged a strong protest with Pakistan over repeated ceasefire violations by the neigbouring country on Friday.

BSF and Pak Rangers have held three flag meetings in recent days to discuss the issue.

According to BSF, firing by Pakistani forces along International Border (IB) in the past 45 days was possibly the "heaviest" since the 1971 war.