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Terrorist For One Nation Can’t be Martyr For Another, Rajnath Singh Tells SAARC

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh arrives in Islamabad to attend the SAARC summit for interior ministers. Credit: PTI

Union home minister Rajnath Singh arrives in Islamabad to attend the SAARC summit for interior ministers. Credit: PTI

New Delhi: India has asked SAARC nations, including Pakistan, to take effective steps against state and non-state actors supporting terrorism. Asserting that a terrorist in one nation cannot be a martyr in another nation, India urged SAARC nations to extradite persons involved in supporting terrorism.

In a suo moto statement, home minister Rajnath Singh said in Islamabad on August 4 in the 7th SAARC Home Ministers Meeting that members should not glorify terrorism or give patronage to it.

“A terrorist in one nation cannot be a martyr or freedom fighter for anyone,” Singh said.

He further asked the nations to ensure that stringent action is taken against terrorists in addition to persons, organisations, institutions and states that support terrorism. Singh insisted that the bans and sanctions imposed against terrorists by the global community have to be honoured.

“It is important for nations who have not ratified SAARC Convention on Mutual Assistance on Criminal Matters to do it,” he said. He added that Pakistan has thus far, not ratified this Convention, as well as SAARC Terrorist Offenses Monitoring Desk (STOMD) and SAARC Drug Offenses Monitoring Desk (SDOMD).

“I was told on behalf of Pakistan that they will soon act on ratifying these. And I hope that ‘soon’ is actually soon,” he said.