Islamabad, Aug 4: Pakistan clearly did not make any arrangements to ensure that widespread protests were stopped ahead of the visit by India's Home Minister, Rajnath Singh. The minister arrived in Islamabad to attend the SAARC ministerial conference. As he arrived, there were protests led by the Hizbul Mujahideen and other terror groups.
India had informed Pakistan about the issue and had requested that all arrangements be made to ensure that no such protests take place. The protests were so intense that the minister had to travel 16 kilometres from the airport to his hotel by chopper.
Protests were on expected lines
Home Ministry officials say that this was on expected lines. The terrorists were protesting the killing of Burhan Wani and the unrest in Kashmir. Singh would however, not raise the Kashmir issue with Pakistan as it is our internal matter, the officer also noted.
Officers say that it is clear that Pakistan did nothing to stop the protests. In fact they allowed it, officials also point out. The warning signals were on the wall. The Hizbul Mujahideen and the Lashkar-e-Taiba had warned that there would be protests.
India had raised this issue with Pakistan ahead of the visit and said that the security of India's home minister would be the responsibility of Islamabad.
The Hizbul Mujahideen and the Lashkar-e-Taiba are both pawns of the ISI. They have been trying to keep the Kashmir issue alive. The ISI in fact is not permitted to let the issue die down and is sponsoring elements to ensure that violence is kept alive.
India would communicate yet again to Pakistan about the lack of measures taken to prevent the protests. India had made its point clear several times, but clearly there was no action taken on this issue, a Home Ministry official also informed.