Bengaluru/Srinagar -  Indian Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday said India is ready to help Pakistan eradicate terrorism from its soil if the neighbouring country felt it was not able to do so.

"We have nothing against the people of Pakistan. We are only against terrorism getting a free hand there. If Pakistan wants to eradicate terrorism and is not able to do so, tell us. We are willing to help you root out terrorism in your country," Singh said at a function in Bengaluru.

The minister said India tried to build a good relationship with Pakistan by inviting their leaders and taking them into confidence but the neighbouring country took undue advantage of the olive branch extended. But despite that there is no hate towards the people of Pakistan, he added.

"Pakistani terrorists came into India and killed 19 of our jawans. People asked why was the government sitting quiet. But we have shown the world that India is not a weak country now," he said.

Meanwhile, the Indian Home Ministry clarified on Friday that as of now there was no thinking to revoke the visas given to the Pakistani actors.

“There is no movement to revoke visas of Pakistani artists as of now. We don’t go for knee-jerk reactions,” a senior Home Ministry told The Hindu.

A Hindi movie Ae Dil Hai Mushkil featuring Pakistani actor Fawad Khan is due for release this month. Many Indian actors and politicians have opposed the working of Pakistani artists in India.  Visas to Pakistani citizens are processed only after security clearance is granted by the Home Ministry.

An official explained that for an Indian visa to be revoked, the applicant has to have committed a crime in Indian territory or considered to be a threat to the country.

TWO INDIAN SOLDIERS KILLED IN HK AMBUSH

Gunmen ambushed a convoy carrying paramilitary forces in Indian-held Kashmir on Friday, killing two security officers and wounding seven others.

The militants escaped after carrying out the attack on the outskirts of Srinagar, a senior Indian police officer told Reuters.

Security forces were searching for the gunmen, he said, asking not to be named because he is not authorised to speak to the media. The two dead included a paramilitary officer and a policeman who died in hospital.