Srinagar, Sep 21: In view of border skirmishes along the Line of Control (LoC), Indian Home Minister Rajnath Singh arrived in Jammu on Monday on a three-day visit to the state.
The minister landed at the technical area of Jammu airport in a BSF plane. Besides senior officers of the home ministry, Singh was accompanied by Director General BSF D.K. Pathak and DG ITBP Krishna Chaudhary.
Singh left for the Samba border district where he inaugurated an ITPB complex and also took a first-hand account of the latest situation on the Line of Control.
During his address at Samba, Singh said that India always endeavoured to have better ties with all its neighbours and did not harbour any “expansionist” ambitions.
He said that terrorism, infiltration and border transgression must be stopped for improving relations with India.
“Terrorism, infiltration and border transgression should be stopped by the neighbours for better relations with India,” he said. “We want better relationships with China and Pakistan.
Peace cannot prevail in Asia and the continent cannot prosper on the path of development” till India’s relations with them improve”, he said adding, “whether it is a question of border disputes or issues of terrorism, I feel all the issues can be resolved through talks. India is a peace loving country. We only want to defend our borders.”
“We have given the message to the world about the philosophy of ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’ the whole world is a family, due to this we want good relations with all,” he said.
Responding to a question Singh said, “I have not spoken about any specific country. I talked about a principle. I want that Pakistan should make efforts and take the initiative so that Indo-Pak relations improve,” he said. Singh said, “I want to reassure the people that there will be no compromise with the security, honour and dignity of the country by our government.” (CNS)