Indian Home Minister Rajnath Singh has said that Pakistan is trying to break up India by helping militants sneak across the border into the Hindu-majority country, Firstpost reported.
Singh was speaking to a gathering at Diu in the Union Territory of Daman and Diu on Saturday, and apparently also remarked that "all our neighbours are good, except one".
"We want to maintain good relations with all our neighbours. Our sages said the whole world is one family....We accept our neighbours as friends. All neighbours are good except one which does not agree. You know which one," he was quoted as saying by the Indian publication.
"If (this neighbour is) not agreeing with us today, it will have to do so tomorrow. The entire international fraternity is putting pressure on it. It is helping militants sneak into India, conspiring to break up India despite being a neighbour. It should look at its own weaknesses," Singh said.
"We told the Border Security Force in September 2014 itself that we should maintain good relations with neighbours, and also with Pakistan because it is our neighbour," Singh said.
"I told the BSF and armed forces not to fire the first bullet, but when the other side fires, don't count how many bullets you fire (in retaliation)," he added.
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Earlier, Singh has also said that his country had shown it can attack its enemies not only on its own soil but also in foreign territory if need be.
Singh’s remarks come almost a week after the Indian Army resorted to unprovoked aggression against Pakistani troops on the Line of Control (LoC), killing and injuring unarmed civilians along the working boundary.
Singh noted that India wanted to maintain a friendly relationship with its neighbour, but Pakistan ‘was not mending its ways.”
This article originally appeared on Firstpost