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Rajnath Singh set to visit Pakistan to attend SAARC conference

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 11 February 2017, 5:48 IST

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh is set to travel to Islamabad on 3 August to attend a meeting of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) conference.

The meet will be attended by the interior and home ministers of SAARC member states.

Singh will be the first senior Indian leader to visit Pakistan since the terror strike at the Pathankot Indian Air Force base on 2 January this year.

His visit comes even as tension continues to brew over the Kashmir issue. Pakistan has criticised the Indian government over the handling of the violence in the Valley in the wake of Mujahideen leader Burhan Wani's death. Islamabad has also called for plebiscites on Kashmir.

Reports suggest that Singh will be in Pakistan for two days, during which he is likely to hold bilateral meetings with senior figures in the Pakistan government, on the sidelines of the SAARC meet.

First published: 28 July 2016, 10:55 IST
 
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