Indian reporters not allowed into SAARC meet venue in Pakistan: Rajnath Singh

Pakistani authorities did not allow entry of Indian media persons, including those from PTI and Doordarshan, inside the venue of 7th SAARC Rajnath Singh

NEW DELHI: Pakistani authorities did not allow entry of Indian media persons, including those from PTI and Doordarshan, inside the venue of 7th SAARC Home Ministers Meeting in Islamabad, Home Minister Rajnath Singh said today.

Responding to questions in Rajya Sabha after making a suo motu statement on yesterday’s conference, the Minister also said that after the meeting was over, Pakistan’s Home Minister, who was the host, invited the participants for lunch but left in a car soon thereafter.

“Keeping in mind the country’s prestige, I did what I should have done. I have no complaints. I had not gone there for lunch,” he said amid thumping of benches by members.

He also said he was “hesitant to say if the host were courteous… I don’t want to comment on it. I have no qualms or complaints”. The Minister also said “India is known globally for its ‘meheman nawaazi (hospitality).” more