Rajnath Singh INDIAN Home Minister Ran From SAARC Meeting.
Indian Home Minister Rajnath Singh, who was in pakistan to participate in the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) ministerial conference, today along with his counterparts from the member countries called on Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.
Singh was part of the joint delegation of the interior ministers and home ministers of SAARC nations when they called on the Pakistani prime minister at his office.
“It was a formal courtesy call, nothing else,” an official said.
The ministers from the SAARC nations were with Sharif for about 20 minutes, during which only pleasantries were exchanged, the official said, adding that nothing formal was discussed.
Sharif’s meeting with a senior Indian functionary came amidst the ongoing strain in bilateral relations between India and Pakistan following the killing of Hizbul Mujahedeen militant Burhan Wani in Jammu and Kashmir on July 8.
Not only did Prime Minister Sharif praise Wani but he also remarked that “Kashmir will one day become Pakistan”.
The decision of Singh joining the ministers in the courtesy call of Sharif was taken after several rounds of consultations among top officials from the ministries of home, external affairs and the Prime Minister’s Office last night.
The eight-member SAARC grouping comprises Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.