Ra­j­nath ac­cuses Pak­istan of ‘desta­bil­is­ing’ In­dia

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In­dia’s home af­fairs min­is­ter on Satur­day ac­cused Pak­istani “state ac­tors” of at­tempt­ing to desta­bilise In­dia, reit­er­at­ing an ac­cu­sa­tion com­monly lev­elled by the South Asian gi­ant at its north­ern Mus­lim neigh­bour.

Home Af­fairs Min­is­ter Ra­j­nath Singh told a se­cu­rity con­fer­ence in In­dia’s north­east that Pak­istan was still sup­port­ing mil­i­tants fight­ing New Delhi’s rule in Mus­lim-majority Kashmir.

Singh pointed to a guerilla at­tack ear­lier this week on an army pa­trol in In­dian-ad­min­is­tered Kashmir in which at least 10 peo­ple were killed.

“It is un­for­tu­nate Pak­istan does not mend its ways,” Singh said, sin­gling out Pak­istan’s In­ter-Ser­vices In­tel­li­gence as one of the “state ac­tors” seek­ing to roil In­dia’s se­cu­rity.

“I do not hes­i­tate in say­ing Pak­istani state ac­tors have a role in desta­bil­is­ing In­dia,” Singh said, re­peat­ing a long­stand­ing In­dian de­mand that Pak­istan rein in Is­lamic mil­i­tants.

Singh’s re­marks come on the heels of the South Asian As­so­ci­a­tion for Re­gional Co­op­er­a­tion sum­mit held ear­lier this week in Nepal that was over­shad­owed by In­dia and Pak­istan’s ri­valry and ended with lit­tle progress to­wards re­gional in­te­gra­tion.

Singh also voiced con­cern about In­dian young peo­ple join­ing the Is­lamic State of Iraq and Syria as In­dian in­ves­ti­ga­tors in­ter­ro­gated a 23-year-old Mumbai-area man who re-

turned home Fri­day from the Mid­dle East.

The man is be­lieved to have spent nearly six months fight­ing for the Is­lamic State, ac­cord­ing to In­dian po­lice. “Even though ISIS was born in Iraq and Syria, the In­dian sub­con­ti­nent can­not stay un­touched by it — we need to be aware of that re­al­ity,” Singh said.

“A few In­dian youth are get­ting swayed to­wards it (ISIS), which is a mat­ter of con­cern,” the home min­is­ter said. In­dia was ready to deal with such se­cu­rity chal­lenges, he added.—AFP

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