Blaming the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) for Monday’s terror attack, Amritsar Congress MP and former Punjab chief minister Capt Amarinder Singh said on Tuesday that the post of prime minister in Pakistan had become superfluous as the army was running that country.
Interacting with the media after visiting the Dinanagar police station, which witnessed an 11-hour gunbattle between security forces and the three suspected Pakistani terrorists, Capt Singh said, “This is a cowardly act by Pakistan. We need to understand that Pakistan is being controlled by its army and the ISI. The post of the Pakistan prime minister is superfluous.”
He went on to add: “I am here not as the MP of neighbouring Amritsar constituency or politician but as a soldier. I want to tell Pakistan army chief Raheel Sharif not to test India’s patience. Don’t force the Indian Army to adopt a hot-pursuit approach.”
He said that the attack did not mean the revival of terrorism in Punjab, rather it was an isolated incident.
Training his guns on chief minister Parkash Singh Badal and his deputy Sukhbir Singh Badal, who is also the state home minister, Capt Singh said, “Punjab had been notified about such a terror attack yet the police were caught unawares. Where was the preparedness? Where is Sukhbir?”
“After Monday’s attack, the CM must leave the support of extremist elements. If you play with fire, you are bound to get hurt,” he said.
Capt Singh was accompanied by Dinanagar Congress legislator Aruna Chaudhary, who was conspicuous by her absence from her constituency on its worst day.