New Delhi, Oct 14: We are not against the people of Pakistan, we are against their terrorists, Union Home Minister, Rajnath Singh said at an event in Bengaluru today.
Speaking at the National College Grounds at a function organised to induct retired IAS officer, K Shivram into the BJP, Singh said that India is ready to help Pakistan eradicate the problem of terrorism.
Singh said that Pakistan is our neighbour. We did everything to extend our hand of friendship with them.
Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharrif was invited for the swearing in ceremony of Prime Minister Modi. We extended our hand of friendship and they took undue advantage of us, Singh said.
Singh once again reiterated that India is not against the people of Pakistan.
We are against their terrorists. The home minister said that if the Paksitan government is serious about eradicating terrorism and they are finding it tough, then India would extend all help.
Speaking about the surgical strikes carried out by the Indian armed forces across the Line of Control on September 29, Singh said that the world knows today that we are a strong nation. Terrorists from Pakistan entered India and killed 18 of our soldiers.
The people said that this government is quiet and does nothing. Did all of you see what our soldiers did? India is no longer a weak country and we have today sent out a message to the entire world that we are strong, Singh further said.
The Union Home Minister further stated that India is the one country that does not differentiate between caste or religion. Our country has always given the message that the whole world is a family.
He further went on to add that the government is working for the cause of the poor. When Modi took over as Prime Minister he had said that he dedicated this country to the poor, Singh also said.
The event was held to induct retired IAS officer K Shivram into the party. At the event union minister, former chief minister of Karnataka, B S Yeddyurappa were also present.
The BJP hopes to capitalise on the SC votes through Shivram. The BJP says that the role of Shivram in the party would be to expand the party's base among the Dalits and backward community.
For Shivram this is not the first tryst with politics. Hailing from the Chalasani (SC) community he had fought an unsuccessful election on a JD(S) ticket from the Vijayapura constituency.
He was also part of the campaign for G Parameshwar of the Congress. In the last elections he had led a campaign for a Dalit Chief Minister.