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Rajnath Singh visits Pakistan for SAARC meet amid protests by terror groups
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Wednesday arrived in Islamabad amid protests by various groups including terrorist organisations Lashkar-e-Taiba and Hizbul Mujahideen. Singh is in Pakistan to attend the SAARC Interior Ministers' conference.

Though Singh will be meeting leaders of other countries as well as Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif but no bilateral meetings have been scheduled for Singh and his counterpart, Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan.

In Lahore, Singh's visit was protested by terror group Lashkar-e-Taiba's leader Hafiz Saeed. Terrorist organisation Hizbul Mujahideen's leader, Syed Salahuddin had also 'warned' the Pakistan government against welcoming Singh.

In another protest against Singh's visit, Yasin Malik's wife Mishal, joined a hunger strike in Islamabad. Malik is the Chairman of Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front based in Kashmir.

A group of All Parties Hurriyat Conference workers also staged a protest in Rawalpindi against Singh's arrival in the country to attend the conference.

The protests came in the backdrop of unrest going on in the state of Jammu & Kashmir.

Singh has been accorded tight security amid threats from Lashkar-e-Taiba and Hizbul Mujahideen terror groups. Pakistan has provided Singh presidential level security and he was flown in a helicopter to Serena Hotel in Islamabad, the venue for Thursday's meeting. Roads leading to Serena Hotel have been heavily barricaded by police and paramilitary forces to prevent any threat from terror groups.

Addressing concerns regarding Singh's security in Kashmir, Pakistan had said that his security is the responsibility of the host country.

Despite tight security arrangements, around 100 people gathered outside Singh's hotel shouting anti-India slogans protesting his visit.

Before leaving New Delhi, Singh tweeted, "Leaving for Islamabad to attend the SAARC HM Conference. This Conference provides a platform to discuss issues pertaining to security."

"Looking forward to underscore the imperative of meaningful cooperation within the region against terrorism and organised crime," he added.

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