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Pulwama attack: Punjab CM Amarinder Singh calls for befitting reply to Pak Army, ISI

Punjab Chief Minister CM Amarinder Singh on Friday called for a befitting response to the enemy and warned the Pakistan Army and ISI against indulging in any such games in Punjab.

Statesman News Service | Chandigarh |

Punjab Chief Minister CM Amarinder Singh on Friday called for a befitting response to the enemy and warned the Pakistan Army and ISI against indulging in any such games in Punjab.

The Punjab Assembly also passed a unanimous resolution strongly condemning the barbaric attack by Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) terrorists on a CRPF convoy in Pulwama that left 44 troopers dead.

The CM, while moving the resolution seeking an adjournment, said time to talk peace with Pakistan was over and sought retaliation from the Central government against the neighbouring country, which had been blatantly supporting terror in Jammu and Kashmir as well as Punjab.

“Every day Indian soldiers were being killed by the enemy from across the border,” said Amarinder, adding that a Major and two jawans have lost their lives to such attacks.

Asserting that things were getting out of control now, the CM said Punjab had also suffered terror in the 80s and the 90s and fought it with a strong police force, which had grown manifold since then and was now fully geared to effectively counter any threat.

Amarinder sent out a stern warning to Pak Army chief General Qamar Jawed Bajwa and Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan against continuing with their policy of linking Kashmir and Punjab separators.

“We have a force of 81,000 fully with motivated men and fully equipped, who have passed the test of fire,” said the CM, declaring that if Bajwa and ISI try anything now in Punjab they would get a resounding response.

“This is not the 80s,” he said, noting that the Punjab Police was much bigger and better equipped today, as evident from the fact that it had solved a recent rape case in just two days.

The CM accused Pak PM of playing a double game in his policy viz-a-viz India, promoting anti-Indian forces on the one hand and talking of starting a university in the name of Sri Guru Nanak Dev ji besides serving the gurdwaras on the other.

“He had been made Prime Minister by ISI and was completely at their service,” said Amarinder.

Before seeking an adjournment motion, the Chief Minister said the hearts of all Indians go out to the families of the 44 CRPF men killed in the dastardly attack, the toll of which was still being counted.

The CM formally moved the resolution, which read, “The attack exposes the double standards of the Pakistan government, who on one hand is talking of peace and on the other actively supporting these terror outfits in J-K.”

The resolution was later passed unanimously and the House adjourned for the day.

Speaking in the House, Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) member Bikram Singh Majithia said Imran Khan was an ISI puppet and the attack had exposed their double standards.

Leader of Opposition Harpal Singh Cheema sought Rs 1 crore compensation and jobs for the kin of the four deceased victims from Punjab.