Meng Jianzhu, Secretary of the Central Political and Legal Affairs Commission of the Communist Party of China, was in India yesterday and first met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and later he went to meet Rajnath Singh.
While PM Modi was courteous, it was Rajnath Singh who did some plain speak with the guest.
Rajnath Singh spoke at length about concerns of India:
First, Singh told the Chinese leader to support the international community’s efforts to designate as a dreaded terrorist Masood Azhar who is the leader of the Jaish-e-Mohammed. This Pakistan-based terrorist group has already been designated such under the UN Resolution 1267.
Underlining that Pakistan is patronizing and financing terrorist groups, Rajnath Singh bluntly said that the leaders of the terrorist groups including JeM leader Masood Azhar, Lashkar-eTaiba leader Hafiz Saeed and Hizbul Mujahideen leader Salahuddin roam freely in Pakistan and preach terrorism. Even the Tehreek-e-Taliban and Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, blamed for terrorist attacks inside Pakistan, were financed and sponsored by the ISI, he added.
Rajnath went on pointing out that there can be no good or bad terrorist.
The Union Home Minister said terrorism is not one or another country’s problem, rather it is a threat to global peace and security.
He even asked for Beijing’s support to flush out ULFA leader Paresh Barua, who is believed to be taking refuge in the trijunction between India, Myanmar and China, to face trial in India for heinous crimes including murder. He also asked China to clamp down on arms smuggling to insurgent groups operating in India’s North-East.
Referring to the recent arrest of a Pakistani national in Guangzhou with fake Indian currency, Rajnath Singh asked Beijing to clamp down on Pakistan’s nefarious designs to smuggle fake Indian currency into India through China.
The Union Home Minister expressed satisfaction that the two neighbours are holding their first high-level dialogue on Security Cooperation and hoped that India and China will be able to conclude negotiations on the Agreement on Security Cooperation soon. He proposed that the Agreement include cooperation on tackling transnational crimes and cyber crime. Both sides discussed the setting up of two Joint Working Groups to deal with the Fake Indian Currency Notes (FICN) and the setting up of a 24 x 7 hotline to exchange information. They also discussed issues relating to e-Visa, telecom fraud and security matters.
China would do well to heed what Rajnath Singh said as India is now slowly inching towards the USA, Vietnam, Australia, and Japan. The more that China works on snubbing Indian concerns the more it would find itself in a situation where India would snub its.
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