In a clear reference to Pakistan, India and Bahrain have said that a terrorist in one country cannot be glorified as a freedom fighter by another. The two nations also called upon all states to reject the use of terrorism against other countries and interfering in a country’s internal affairs.

This development came during talks between Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and his Bahrain counterpart, Minister of Interior Lt. Gen. Shaikh Rashid bin Abdullah Al Khalifa in Manama yesterday. Singh is on a three day visit to Bahrain.

A statement issued by India says that both sides agreed on taking a strong stand against terrorism. “They agreed that a terrorist in one country cannot be glorified as freedom fighters by another. The two sides called upon all states to reject the use of terrorism against other countries, to refrain from interfering in the internal affairs of the state, and to fight terrorist infrastructure whenever it exists,” read the statement.

Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in July this year had hailed slain Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani as a “martyr”. He had raised the Kashmir issue at the 71st United Nations General Assembly in New York last month.

The two sides also agreed to implement a counter-terrorism agreement to reinforce security cooperation, regional terrorism issues. As part of the agreement, a Bahraini-Indian Joint Steering Committee was formed. The committee held its first meeting on the sidelines of Singh’s visit. Regular meetings of the committee will be held.

The Bahraini Interior Minister said: “We look forward to working together in the fight against terrorism and in strengthening our mutual and regional security. The Joint Steering Committee should look at how we can work together to address challenges and to follow up the progress of the agreed decision through exchange of visits and expertise and working to achieve common goals.”

Source:TOI