Hitting out at Pakistan for declaring slain Hizbul terrorist Burhan Wani a martyr, Union home minister Rajnath Singh said on Thursday that “there should be no glorification or eulogizing of terrorists as martyrs.”
“There should be strongest of action not only against terrorists but also against organisations, individuals and nations who support terrorism,”
Rajnath Singh told a meeting of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (Saarc) interior ministers here.
“There is no good or bad terrorism. Terrorism is terrorism. There should be no glorification or eulogizing of terrorists as martyrs.”
The Indian minister’s visit to Islamabad comes amid unrest in the Kashmir Valley which India says is being stoked by Pakistan. The turmoil started after the July 8 killing of pro-Pakistan rebel commander Burhan Wani.
Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had described Wani as a “martyr” who died fighting for the “freedom” of Jammu and Kashmir.
The ongoing strain in Indo-Pak relations was evident at the SAARC interior/home ministers’ conference when home minister Rajnath Singh came face- to-face with his Pakistani counterpart Chaudhary Nisar Ali Khan for the first time on Thursday and the two leaders barely shook hands.