NEW DELHI, INDIA: Two days after a brief meeting between the prime ministers of Pakistan and India at the Saarc summit was seen as a sign of thawing relations, the Indian home minister blamed “Pakistani state actors” on Saturday for “destabilising India”.
Rajnath Singh, while addressing inspectors and directors general of police in India, said on Saturday that he was confident that these groups would never be able to succeed in India and said that majority of the Indian Muslims will not side with them.
“Though ISIS is born in Syria and Iraq, it is a fact that the Indian subcontinent is not outside its radar, especially as some Indian youth are also getting attracted towards it.”
He especially referred to al Qaeda’s announcement in September of a new outfit for the Indian subcontinent called Qaeda-ul-Jihadi, with intentions of specifically targeting Gujarat, Assam, Bihar and Bangladesh, and identified this too as a major challenge.
Singh went on to claim that the Pakistan Navy was involved in the hijacking of a naval frigate, which, he added, was a ‘worrying development’ for the entire region, especially against the backdrop of the rise of ISIS.
“The South Asia wing of al Qaeda has claimed it had tried to hijack a Pakistani naval frigate with the intention of attacking Indian and US naval vessels. Some people of the Pakistani Navy were also involved in this. But I am confident our police and security forces will be able to strike back at any such attempts,” Singh said.