‘Leaving for Islamabad to attend the SAARC HM Conference. This Conference provides a platform to discuss issues pertaining to security’, Rajnath Singh tweeted.


On another tweet Singh said: ‘Looking forward to underscore the imperative of meaningful cooperation within the region against terrorism and organised crime’.

In protest to Rajnath’s visit, more than 2,000 activists of various religious and jihadi outfits in Pakistan have been agitating on the streets.

Activists of All Parties Hurriyat Conference, Hizbul Mujahideen, United Jihad Council (UJC) and other such group protested to denounce Singh's trip to attend the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) ministerial conference being hosted by Pakistan.

Syed Salahuddin, the leader of militant outfit Hizbul Mujahidden, who is also chief of UJC, and local leaders of other groups were seen during the protest.
    
Another protest was organised by Mishal Malik, wife of Kashmiri leader Yasin Malik, in front of National Press Club here.
    
Yesterday, a JuD caravan led by Talha Saeed, the son of Mumbai attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed, had staged a sit-in at the Line of Control near Chakothi in Pakistan occupied Kashmir
(PoK), where they were stopped by Pakistani security forces.

The protesters today continued their sit-in, demanding that India receives relief materials brought by them for Kashmiris.
    
A JuD statement said that it has no plans to leave the place unless India receives relief goods, dry food and medicines for the Kashmiris. Hafiz Abdur Rauf, chief of Falayh-i-Insaniat Foundation, a sister organisation of JuD, said many doctors and paramedical staff were also present in the sit-in.

 "These doctors and para-medical staff want to go Sri Nagar to treat our injured Kashmiri brethren," he said. Various religious and jihadi outfits in Pakistan are opposed to Singh's visit as they held him responsible for the unrest in Indian Kashmir.

Forty-nine people have been killed in Kashmir in clashes since Indian security forces killed Hizbul commander Burhan Wani on July 8.

Earlier, the Jamaat-ud-Dawa chief Hafiz Saeed has warned of a countrywide protest in Pakistan by his outfit if the Home Minister arrives in Islamabad to attend the SAARC ministerial conference. He accused Rajnath Singh of being "responsible for the killings of innocent Kashmiris”.

"I want to ask the Pakistani government will it add insult to injury to the wounds of Kashmiris by welcoming Rajnath who is responsible for the killings of innocent Kashmiris," he said in a statement

 

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