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News18 Rising India Summit | We Want Good Relations, But Pakistan Does Not Want To Improve, Says Rajnath Singh

The statement comes in the wake of a diplomatic row between the two nations. Pakistan on Thursday said it has decided to call back its High Commissioner in India, Sohail Mahmood, for consultations after repeated incidence of "harassment" of its diplomatic staff in New Delhi.

Aishwarya Kumar | News18.com@aishwaryak03

Updated:March 17, 2018, 12:29 PM IST
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News18 Rising India Summit | We Want Good Relations, But Pakistan Does Not Want To Improve, Says Rajnath Singh
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh speaks at the Rising India Summit.

New Delhi: In a scathing attack on Pakistan, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said that India’s neighbour was the deterrent in ensuring that the two nations did not have cordial relations.

“Atal Bihari Bajpayee said friends change but neighbours don't. We want good relations with our neighbours but Pakistan does not want to improve,” he said at the Rising India Summit in the national capital.

The statement comes in the wake of a diplomatic row between the two nations. Pakistan on Thursday said it has decided to call back its High Commissioner in India, Sohail Mahmood, for consultations after repeated incidence of "harassment" of its diplomatic staff in New Delhi.

On Tuesday, the Foreign Office had summoned India's Deputy High Commissioner JP Singh over alleged harassment of its officials and their families in New Delhi.

Launching a scathing attack on the Islamic Republic, the minister further said that Pakistan was not doing enough to fight terrorism. “They are allowing a UN designated terrorist (Haafiz Saeed) to run his own political party and fight elections. God knows how many people these terrorists have killed. The country also helps the Haqqani network to grow,” the minister said.

Singh further lauded Prime Minister Narendra Modi for encouraging other countries to talk about Pakistan and act against its terrorist activities.

“Terrorism is a global phenomenon. Our PM has achieved huge success in getting international organisations to take sides with India to fight terrorism. Earlier nobody talked against Pakistan, now even the United States of America also condemns Pakistan,” Singh said.​

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| Edited by: Ahona Sengupta
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