The Punjab CM Captain Amarinder Singh has made serious allegation against his own party member Navjot Singh Sidhu and Kartarpur corridor calling it a conspiracy by the Pakistan Army and ISI.
Capt. Amrinder Singh also said that the Pakistan Army chief had revealed about the Kartarpur corridor plan to Navjot Singh Sidhu even before Imran Khan was sworn in as the Prime Minister of Pakistan. Capt. Amrinder Singh in his statement said, “The opening of the Kartarpur Corridor is clearly a game plan of the ISI,” adding a bigger conspiracy seems to have been hatched by Pakistan Army against India. He admitted that Pakistan was attempting to revive militancy in Punjab and thus everyone should be wary of all of its overtures, no matter how grand they appear to be, an official release, quoting him, said here.
Capt Amrinder had refused the Pakistan’s invitation to attend the opening ceremony of the Kartarpur corridor and also said that the decision to attend the event by Sidhu was his decision.
Singh said the demand for opening of the Kartarpur Sahib corridor was pending since partition as several holy Sikh shrines (Sri Nankana Sahib, Sri Panja Sahib, Dera Sahib and Kartarpur Sahib) had been left in Pakistan. Even former Prime Ministers Indira Gandhi and Dr Manmohan Singh had taken up the issue of opening the Kartarpur corridor with Pakistan, he added. Amarinder said he himself had raised the issue with his Pakistan Punjab counterpart Parvez Elahi and with the then president, Parvez Musharraf during his previous tenure as the chief minister.
The chief minister said Imran Khan was undoubtedly making efforts to bring peace, tranquillity and harmony with India, but at the same time he should also prevail upon the top brass of Pakistani Army to ensure that killings of our soldiers at borders are stopped immediately.On why he opted not to go to Pakistan for the ground-breaking ceremony of the Kartarpur Sahib corridor, Amarinder said he declined the invite because he could not think of going there while Indian soldiers and civilians were being killed by the Pakistani Army.
On the issue of Navjot Sidhu’s visit to Pakistan for the ground-breaking ceremony, Amarinder said he had told Sidhu that he had declined the invite by writing a letter to the Pakistan Minister for foreign affairs, and had also shared a copy of the same on the social media.
Despite his advice not to visit Pakistan, Sidhu, went ahead due to his friendship with Imran Khan, said the Chief Minister, adding it was not unreasonable. He said that he himself has many friends there, including the former Pakistan Punjab chief minister Parvez Elahi. “We had been meeting frequently during my previous tenure and Elahi had also been coming to meet me in Patiala”, said Captain Amarinder.
The chief minister said that Navjot Sidhu was a “likeable person” and he shared warm ties with even Sidhu’s parents when the cricketer-turned-minister’s father was President of District Congress unit, Patiala, and his (Amarinder) mother Mohinder Kaur who was the Member of Parliament from Patiala. Amarinder Singh said that Sidhu always spoke in a forthright manner and his only problem was that “sometimes he shoots before he thinks.” Hindustan Times
The chief minister charged the ISI with pursuing its ulterior motive to create law and order problem in Punjab by exploiting the religious sentiments of innocent Sikh youths in Canada, USA and even in Europe, and arming them with funds and weapons.
Captain Amarinder Singh also lashed at the ‘Sikhs For Justice’ for abetting terrorism in Punjab by whipping the religious sentiments of Sikhs. He said that the people of Punjab, especially the Sikhs from rural areas, would not lend support to its so called ‘referendum 2020’.The SFJ’s claims of the Kartarpur Corridor being a gift of Pakistan also had no takers in Punjab, the chief minister added.
With these words, the Punjab CM has sparked a row putting the Congress is major embarrassment. The entire plot more so looks like an attempt. to confuse the people by playing good cop-bad cop by the Punjab government.