Capt Amarinder Singh, Congress deputy leader in Lok Sabha and local MP, has called upon Pakistan to cooperate with India in fighting against terrorism to ensure peace in the sub-continent.
"It is high time that Pakistan cooperated with India in the fight against terrorism, so that peace prevails in the sub continent," he said in a statement issued here on Monday.
He condemned the Sunday's terror attack across the border at Wagah which killed more 55 people and injured over 100 others.
"I call upon the Pakistan government to stop providing state protection and patronage to the rogue elements in the country. Such elements have time and again targeted innocent persons and attempted to destablise your government, with the Wagah incident being the latest attempt", he added.
Referring to the peace and tranquility that prevailed at the Wagah joint border checkpost , the former chief minister said that despite the tensions that prevailed along the international border with Pakistan, this (check post) was one spot which had never witnessed any violent incidents. In this context he referred to the 'aman ki yatra' (peace mission) that former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee undertook during his tenure through this very checkpost.
He pointed out that thousands of people of both nations flock to the check post to witness the retreat ceremony every evening. The spot had become immensely popular with the people of both the nations, he added.
While pointing out that in the past the hostilities would mainly hit the border people, he said that that the Wagah incident has shown that now nobody was safe anywhere. He expressed grief over the loss of innocent lives in such acts of terror.
"It is the innocent blood that is spilled, whether here (in India) or there (in Pakistan) and the two countries can jointly fight this scourge in a stronger and better way", he observed, while adding that the onus was with Pakistan as it must positively respond to India's frequent friendly gestures.
The MP from Amritsar said that such terror strikes will have a negative impact on cross-border trade between the two neighbours. In such circumstances it will not be possible for India to increase its volume of trade with Pakistan, he added.