Capt wants ‘befitting response’ to Pak after Pulwama attack

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Capt wants ‘befitting response’ to Pak after Pulwama attack

Saturday, 16 February 2019 | Monika Malik | Chandigarh

Enough is enough!” This how the visibly enraged Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh on Friday warned the Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan, its Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa and his “chamche” ISI a days after bloodiest terror attack on Indian armed forces in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama.

Condemning the Pak’s act in the strongest possible words, Capt Amarinder asserted that the time for talking peace is over with the neighbouring Pakistan as the “things are getting beyond control now”.

At the same time, he urged the Prime Minister to give Pak a “befitting reply” so the sacrifices of our jawans don’t go waste.

“Their Prime Minister is talking peace and the General is talking war...what is this? I strongly condemn this barbaric attack...the time for talking peace is over...this is becoming too much...their sacrifices should not go waste...I urge the Prime Minister to give Pakistan a befitting reply,” said Capt Amarinder in the Vidhan Sabha.

Disturbed, Capt Amarinder lashed out at the powers-to-be in Pakistan. “Enough is enough.  They have taken 41 young lives have gone. For what...just to please somebody...I am not able to understand why they killed our jawans...Four out of them are from Punjab. What pleasure does it give them?” he questioned.

Making a strongly-worded statement, Capt Amarinder accused Pak Prime Minister Imran Khan of playing a double game in his policy vis-a-vis India. “PM is talking about astarting a Guru Nanak Dev University, and doing sewa (serving the gurdwaras). But, on the other hand, Bajwa’s Army is killing our men,” he said.

“He had been made Prime Minister by the ISI and was completely at their service,” said Capt Amarinder while dubbing Imran Khan as “Army’s puppet”.

Capt Amarinder also minced no words to warn Pak Army general. “Je tu Punjabi ae, assi v Punjabi ae...Ethe vad k dekh (If you are Punjabi, we are also Punjabi. Dare to enter Punjab!),” challenged Capt Amarinder, amidst the thumping of benches, with Cabinet Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu sitting silent.

“Everyday Indian soldiers are being killed by the enemy from across the border...a major and two Jawans from second Sikh regiment had lost their lives to such attacks recently,” he said.

“Punjab has also suffered terror in the 80s and the 90s and fought it with a strong police force, which had grown manifold since then and is now fully geared to effectively counter any threat,” said Capt Amarinder while issuing General Bajwa and Pak PM a stern warning 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 Chief Minister, declaring that if Bajwa and ISI tried anything now in Punjab, they would get a resounding response.

This is not the 80s, he said while talking with the media outside the House, noting that the Punjab Police was much bigger and better equipped today.

At the same time, Capt Amarinder expressed hoped the Pulwama attack will not impact Kartarpur Corridor and reiterated his plea for visa-free ‘khule darshan didar’ to one and all.

“I am confident that the corridor would be well-protected, but there is a need for a change in attitude on the part of Pakistan if peace between the two countries is to be promoted,” he said while replying to the media queries.

Repeating that Islamabad was trying to link the terrorists of Punjab and J&K, the Chief Minister said that there are reports of the neighbouring country trying to foment trouble in Punjab, where as many as 28 terror modules had been busted in recent months.

The Referendum 2020 of Sikhs for Justice (SJF), which was clearly working at ISI’s behest, was also a sign of their continued attempts to disturb peace in Punjab, he said, but asserted they will not succeed.