Violence in Indian Kashmir is terrorism: Nisar

Published: August 4, 2016
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Interior minister presides over one-day meeting of home ministers from countries belonging to SAARC. PHOTO: AP

Interior minister presides over one-day meeting of home ministers from countries belonging to SAARC. PHOTO: AP

Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan on Thursday termed violence on Kashmiris by Indian security forces as ‘terrorism.’

Addressing a one-day meeting of home ministers from countries belonging to South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (Saarc), Nisar said there was a difference between fighting for freedom and terrorism.

“We have seen brutal force being used against unarmed civilians. It is important to respect the fundamental human rights of the people and not suppress freedom struggle in the name of fight against terrorism,” Nisar said during his address as Pakistan’s interior minister.

Earlier, the minister left his seat of speaker to address all issues point by point raised by home ministers of the member countries.

“I very firmly and strongly believe that instead of engaging in blame game and taking swipes at each other we should take time out to reflect and then sit down together and try to work out the problems.”

India sticks to no bilateral meetings at SAARC huddle

Nisar went on to claim that Pakistan suffered heavy losses in the fight against terrorism and the country condemned every single incident of terror which claimed innocent lives.

“Mumbai, Dhaka and other incidents like Pathankot which are highly condemnable does not mean that dozens and scores and in fact hundreds of terror incidents taking place almost on a daily basis in Pakistan are any less condemnable,” he said.

The interior minister’s remarks come in the backdrop of escalating tensions between the nuclear-armed rivals over unrest in disputed Kashmir.

The Saarc group includes India, Pakistan, Nepal, the Maldives, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh.

The rivalry between Islamabad and New Delhi has hampered efforts to transform Saarc into a meaningful platform for integration in South Asia, which accounts for a fifth of the world’s population but less than a tenth of its economic output.

Both countries have fought two of their three wars since independence over Kashmir, which each rules in part but claims in full. The line of control dividing the Himalayan region still broadly runs along the front when the guns fell silent in 1948.

Rajnath Singh, Nisar barely shake hands at Saarc meet

The strain in India-Pakistan ties was sharply evident as Chaudhry Nisar and his Indian counterpart Rajnath Singh barely shook hands as they met for the first time at a SAARC conference, NDTV reported.

Nisar was receiving ministers at the entrance of the Serena Hotel when the two came face to face. The leaders barely touched their hands and did not even pose for a photograph as Rajnath moved towards the meeting hall.

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Reader Comments (17)

  • roadkashehzada
    Aug 4, 2016 - 3:23PM

    truth and nothing but truth.
    indian government is very sharp but this time they are getting into the plot of pakistan. now rajnath will say something and US will have to defuse tension. thats wht pakistan wants. to highlight kashmir issueRecommend

  • Yourown
    Aug 4, 2016 - 3:30PM

    Nawaz Shariff govt. has found an excuse to divert the attention of the nation from the issues it faces at home!! Whenever their is internal instability, Kashmir becomes the issue. I guess majority of public would fall in their trap and forget about Panama leaks and the govt. may survive again!! Recommend

  • AD
    Aug 4, 2016 - 3:37PM

    Heard Rajnath’s speech was blacked out by Pakistan media as Rajnath mince no words in calling action against countries who support terrorism. However we completely understand face saving actions by Pakistan. Recommend

  • debilitator
    Aug 4, 2016 - 3:42PM

    @Yourown:
    we are ready to let go off 100 panamas for Kashmir!!!! Kashmir is the priority right now.Recommend

  • Prashant
    Aug 4, 2016 - 3:44PM

    HAHAHA…Irony Dying..!!!

    The Newspaper is showing Kids throwing Stone at Police….and at the same time saying what Indian police is doing to these “Innocent” kids is terorism….

    Stupid Kids..Go to School…Recommend

  • Rollin & Trollin
    Aug 4, 2016 - 3:56PM

    Is the opening pix taken from Kashmir or Palestine ?Recommend

  • vinsin
    Aug 4, 2016 - 4:13PM

    It is not clear who is terrorist here and who is innocent. Are Sunni Muslims only Kashmiri? Do Kashmir valley represent who IOK? Protestor those who throw grenades, petrol bombs, stones on police forces are innocent. Recommend

  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Aug 4, 2016 - 4:28PM

    Panama scandal is dead but Kashmir issue is alive and it will remain alive until some solution is found. Recommend

  • yugal
    Aug 4, 2016 - 5:14PM

    Look on the photo unarmed innocent civiliansRecommend

  • Apoorv Swarup
    Aug 4, 2016 - 5:19PM

    Yes unarmed citizens who just happen to throw rocks with the intent to maim/kill nothing much. These unarmed peaceful protests just somehow managed to burn down state property and injure over 1700 policemen, nothing much. Also the last time rule of law wasn’t enforced and protests went out of hand over 300000 kashmiri pandits were ethnically cleansed, many were raped, massacred and burnt alive nothing much.

    Maintaining a semblance of law and order even if that means some people get injured in the process is obviously not warranted since these are unarmed protesters as clearly shown in the picture attached with this article. Recommend

  • Vikram
    Aug 4, 2016 - 5:54PM

    @Apoorv Swarup: To begin with Kashmiri Muslims are descendants of Kashmiri pundits who were forced to choose between Islam and death. Recommend

  • Game in kashmir
    Aug 4, 2016 - 7:46PM

    There is a fight going on in Kashmir between India and Pakistan.Pro India political parties such as People’s Democratic party(PDP) and National conference(NC) support India and India supports them and Hurriyat conference support Pakistan and Pakistan supports them. Recommend

  • Pakis
    Aug 5, 2016 - 1:25AM

    Pakistan needs to stop censoring . Speeches by Singh were not allowed to be printed .
    Plus Pakistan needs to sop and think about the link between the concerns of the USA and Iindia
    And lastly Pakistab needs to talk about the possibilities of all this happening with China. Recommend

  • Sandip
    Aug 5, 2016 - 6:22AM

    The Baloch, Mohajirs, Pashtuns, Shias, Ahmadis, Christians, Hindus – all are saying the same thing – Stop state sponsored genocide against us.Recommend

  • Kulbhushan Yadav
    Aug 5, 2016 - 7:47AM

    Yes violence in Kashmir is terrorism and this is what India is saying too. Burhan Wani was a terrorist but Pakistanis calling him Freedom Fighter. Recommend

  • sha
    Aug 5, 2016 - 7:50AM

    Why dont pakistan concern about uighar muslims of china…china even not allowed fasting during holy ramadan.Recommend

  • Khan Jr
    Aug 5, 2016 - 8:06AM

    Haha…Ch. Nisar could also have been speaking of Balochistan! When he said “We have seen brutal force being used against unarmed civilians. It is important to respect the fundamental human rights of the people and not suppress freedom struggle in the name of fight against terrorism,”Recommend

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