General V.K. Singh (retd), Union Minister of State for External Affairs, said on Saturday that Pakistan can never be a friend of India.
Addressing a press conference at the state BJP headquarters here, the former Chief of Army Staff said if India ever considered Pakistan as its friend, it would be the biggest weakness of the country.
“I was informed about opposition candidates in the border areas of Rajasthan claiming that Pakistan was not a threat to India and hence it should not be treated as an enemy nation.
“But a country which has been triggering proxy wars against India besides being a terrorist hub can never be treated as a friend. Treating Pakistan as a friend will be the biggest weakness of India,” Singh said.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader further said that people in Rajasthan wanted to elect a strong and stable government at the centre for the country’s benefit and for its secured future.
“I have toured four Parliamentary constituenies in the state, namely Jodhpur, Barmer, Udaipur and Rajsamand. I can feel the undercurrent which is the same as that in Uttar Pradesh,” Singh said.
Of the 25 Lok Sabha constituencies in Rajasthan, 13 go to the polls in the fourth phase on April 29 while polling in the remaining 12 seats will be held in the fifth phase on May 6.