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Pak can seek India's help in fight against terrorism: Rajnath

Source: PTI
December 02, 2018 19:33 IST
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IMAGE: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh interacts with media in Jaipur on Sunday. Photograph: PTI Photo 

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday said Pakistan can seek India's help if it cannot handle the fight against terrorism alone.

He asserted there have not been any major terrorist related incident in the country in over four years of the Narendra Modi-led National Democratic Alliance government.

"I want to ask the Pakistani prime minister (Imran Khan) that if in Aghanistan, a fight can be carried out against terror and Taliban with the help of the US, then, Pakistan can seek help against terrorism from India if it feels that it cannot handle it alone," he said.

Addressing a press conference in Jaipur, Singh said Jammu and Kashmir was not an issue as it was an integral part of the country.


"The issue is of terrorism, and Pakistan can discuss it," Singh said.

The home minister also accused the Congress of creating a crisis of distrust in politics and claimed there was a difference in their words and deeds.

"I do not want to claim that terrorism has stopped, but no major terrorist incident has happened in the country in last four-and-a-half years,” he said.

Terrorism is confined only to Kashmir where also situation is improving, Singh said adding Panchayat elections in J&K is being conducted successfully.

"The government has brought Jammu and Kashmir into political process. As far as terrorism is concerned, there is no second thought that it is Pakistan sponsored," the home minister said.

The Union minister asserted that the country and its borders are safe. Terrorism has reduced and the problem of Naxalism will get eliminated from the country in the coming years, he added.

Naxal related incidents have come down by 50-60 per cent in the last four years, he said, adding it has reduced from 90 districts to only 8-9 districts and that the problem will get eliminated in next three to five years.

Singh also claimed that Congress leaders start offering prayers at temples when elections are near whereas for the Bharatiya Janata Party it is an integral part of its culture.

Addressing a press conference in Jaipur, he said temples and cows were not an elections stunt for the BJP.

"Congress leaders start offering prayers at temple when elections approach. They are not seen praying in temples earlier.

"Temples and cows can be an election issue for the Congress, but it is not an election stunt for the BJP. It is integral part of our cultural life," Singh said.

Earlier at an election rally in Alwar district's Bansur, he alleged it was because of the Congress, which ruled India for 55 years, that the nation was in the list poor countries and claimed the party had deceived the people.

"We (BJP) have not done the politics of pulling wool over people's eyes. We look into the eyes of people," he said.

Singh claimed the Congress had established 103 ITIs in 50 years, while the Vasundhara Raje government had set up 958 new ITIs in five years.

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