Punjab Congress president Capt Amarinder Singh on Monday said the India-Pakistan talks must continue and the two countries must not walk into the trap of vested interests and rogue elements who are bent upon sabotaging the peace process.
“We cannot keep watching our soldiers getting killed every time,” Amarinder said, adding, “Peace between the two countries has no alternative and it is not possible without talks.”
The former Punjab chief minister observed that whenever there was a peace initiative, it was sabotaged by the rogue elements by engineering a terror attack in India. It had repeatedly happened in the past and was being repeated, he said.
Amarinder said the Jaish-e-Mohammed that was responsible for the attack was under the direct control of the Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) of Pakistan, which in turn was controlled by the Pakistani army.
“The Pakistani army fears that once peace prevails between India and Pakistan, it may lose it relevance. Hence, they will always try to sabotage any move aimed at building confidence and peace between the two nations,” Amarinder said.
He said majority of Pakistanis wanted peace and it was only a small minority like the army and ISI that did not want peace between the two countries. “We must be wary of these elements and defeat their designs,” he said, adding, for the people of Punjab and other border states peace was all the more important as they were the worst sufferers during hostilities between the two countries.