Punjab CM warns Pak army chief against cross-border attacks
27 November 2018
Punjab chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Monday warned Pakistan against attempts to disrupt peace in the region, blaming Pakistan Army chief Qamar Javed Bajwa for the attacks in Pathankot and Amritsar, even as his minister Navjot Singh Sidhu accepted an invite to attend a function in Pakistan in connection with the opening of a corridor to Gurudwara Darbar Sahib Kartarpur across the LoC in Pakistan’s Punjab.
“I would like to ask Pakistan army chief Qamar Bajwa something, as a soldier. Which army teaches to violate ceasefire and kill jawans on the other side? Which army teaches to send people to attack Pathankot and Amritsar? This is cowardliness,” said Singh.
“I am warning you (Pakistan Army chief), we are also Punjabis, you will not be allowed to enter here and vitiate the atmosphere,” he added.
Singh was speaking at the foundation stone-laying ceremony of the Kartarpur corridor to connect the Dera Baba Nanak Gurudwara in Gurdaspur to Gurudwara Darbar Sahib Kartarpur across the LoC in Pakistan’s Punjab.
Vice President of India M Venkaiah Naidu, along with Singh, laid the foundation stone for the corridor. Union ministers Harsimrat Kaur Badal and Nitin Gadkari were also present.
Backing Singh’s comments, Naidu said killing of innocent people will not be tolerated.
“I must tell what Punjab CM said, that we can't allow terrorism and can't let innocents die, this isn't going to help, it's not the way; it must be understood. That’s why, let this be the start of this great event,” he said.
Singh on Sunday had declined Pakistan's invite to attend the ground-breaking ceremony for the Kartarpur Corridor on the other side of the border, even as his cabinet colleague Navjot Singh Sidhu accepted the request.
In a letter to Pakistan foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Singh said though it was a historic occasion, he regretted his inability to be present, citing terror attacks in his state and killings of Indian soldiers by Pakistan troops as the reason.
“First, not a day passes when Indian soldiers are not killed or wounded on the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir. Rather than moving towards normalcy, these incidents are escalating,” he said.
Secondly, the chief minister had claimed that Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) has started its nefarious activities in Punjab.
"Since March 2017, the state has neutralised 19 ISI-armed and controlled modules, apprehended 81 terrorists and seized 79 weapons, numerous grenades of the HG-84 type made in Pakistan's Ordnance factories with Austrian know how, and some IEDs," the chief minister claimed.