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‘If India goes to war with Pakistan, both Punjabs will bear brunt’

punjab Updated: Sep 26, 2016 21:41 IST
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Spectators at the evening retreat ceremony on the Attari-Wagah border between India and Pakistan, near Amritsar, on September 19.(Sameer Sehgal/HT File Photo)

Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal on Monday called for restraint and spoke against a war between India and Pakistan in light of the terrorist attack in Uri (J&K).

Speaking on the sidelines of a sangat darshan (public meet) in his constituency Lambi in Muktsar district, Badal asked Pakistan to refrain from pushing India to war, saying that in such an event east and west Punjab on either side of the international border would suffer the most.

“Punjab on both sides of the border will have to bear the brunt in case a war takes place between India and Pakistan,” he said.

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On the Indus water treaty, Badal said the government of India would take a decision in the interest of the country and aim at protecting its integrity.

War bad for border people, but need limited retaliation: Amarinder

Punjab Congress president Captain Amarinder Singh said in Amritsar on Monday that a war between India and Pakistan will only lead to suffering for those living near the border on both sides. “But attacks such as Uri need a firm reply.” In an informal chat with the media after meeting families of the school-bus-accident victims, Amarinder said: “Border people suffer the worst during armed hostilities. That’s why, I insist on limited retaliation.”