Border flare­up: Ra­j­nath asks Pak­istan to mend its ways

ACT­ING TOUGH The Union home min­is­ter says Pak­istan is test­ing In­dia’s pa­tience by re­peat­edly vi­o­lat­ing cease­fire along the border in Jammu and Kash­mir; on Kasaganj vi­o­lence, Ra­j­nath says MHA has sought report from UP govt

Hindustan Times (Chandigarh) - - PUNJAB HINDUSTANTIMES - Hil­lary Vic­tor

CHANDIGARH : Train­ing guns on Pak­istan on Tues­day, Union home min­is­ter Ra­j­nath Singh said the neigh­bour­ing coun­try was test­ing In­dia’s pa­tience over cease­fire vi­o­la­tions.

“We want cor­dial re­la­tion­ship with Pak­istan, but they are test­ing our pa­tience now. I want to re­mind them, it is not the same In­dia...we have now turned into a pow­er­ful coun­try. They must mend their ways,” the home min­is­ter told re­porters at the BJP of­fice in Sec­tor 33 here.

Singh was in Chandigarh to inau­gu­rate two projects at the Post­grad­u­ate In­sti­tute of Med­i­cal Ed­u­ca­tion and Re­search and Govern­ment Med­i­cal Col­lege and Hospi­tal, Sec­tor 32.

Re­act­ing to the state­ment of Azam Nasir Ul-is­lam — who has been nom­i­nated as the next Grand Mufti of J&K — that In­dian Mus­lims are liv­ing in a pa­thetic con­di­tion and only op­tion for them is to sep­a­rate, Ra­j­nath said: “We should rise above caste and re­li­gion. I be­lieve In­dia is a sec­u­lar coun­try and peo­ple from ev­ery caste, creed and re­li­gion are safe here.”

On the re­cent FIR lodged against the army in Kash­mir, Singh said the sit­u­a­tion in Kash­mir has im­proved a lot in the past two years. On Kas­ganj vi­o­lence, Ra­j­nath said his min­istry has sought a report from the Ut­tar Pradesh govern­ment.

The min­is­ter, how­ever, evaded reply on in­creas­ing in­ci­dents of rapes in Haryana. “Let’s talk some­thing else,” he replied when asked to com­ment on the is­sue.

LASHES OUT AT RAHUL Ear­lier, speak­ing at the BJP youth con­clave, Ra­j­nath ac­cused

the Congress president Rahul Gandhi of de­fam­ing coun­try by mis­in­ter­pret­ing facts.

“For the BJP, the coun­try is all above but for the Congress, in­di­vid­u­als are more im­por­tant,” he said. “Since the for­ma­tion

of the govern­ment at the Cen­tre under the lead­er­ship of Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi, In­dia has be­come a pow­er­ful coun­try. It’s pres­tige at the in­ter­na­tional level has got a boost,” he said.

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Union home min­is­ter Ra­j­nath Singh with Pun­jab CM Cap­tain Amarinder Singh in Chandigarh on Tues­day.

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