Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) president Captain Amarinder Singh termed the joint investigation team (JIT) formed by Pakistan prime minister Nawaz Sharif to look into the terror attack on the Pathankot airbase an eyewash.
“It’s ironic that the Pakistan spy agency ISI — that controls the terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed that is believed to behind the deadly strike — is a part of the JIT,” Amarinder told reporters at former PPCC chief Partap Singh Bajwa’s house in Qadian in Gurdaspur district.
“The riverine border near Pathankot is porous. The ultras seemed to have taken advantage of it. The Shagarhgarh tehsil in Pakistan that was a part of Gurdaspur district before Partition provided Pakistani intruders an easy way to sneak into India,” he claimed.
Replying to a query, the PPCC chief said Punjab Police had given information to the Centre about the presence of Pakistani ultras in the area 48 hours before they launched the attack.
On the alleged abduction of the Gurdaspur superintendent of police (headquarters) Salwinder Singh by the terrorists before the attack, Amarinder said the National Investigation Agency (NIA) was already looking into the matter.
Amarinder claimed that the Congress was enjoying a good position and was sure of returning to power in Punjab. “The Congress is open to an alliance with the like-minded, secular parties such as the People’s Party of Punjab, Bahujan Samaj Party and the Left,” he added.
Amarinder said the Congress had lost the last Assembly elections by a margin of 0.8% votes only.”Now, we have emerged much stronger while the SAD-BJP alliance is feeling the heat,” said Captain, adding that the Aam Aadmi Party won’t matter much in the upcoming elections.
Cong leaders attend martyrs’ ‘bhog’
Amarinder attended the bhog ceremonies of Gurdaspur martyrs Fateh Singh and Kulwant Singh, who laid down their lives fighting terrorists during the Pathankot attack.
Amarinder was accompanied by Punjab Congress campaign committee chairperson Ambika Soni, general secretary and in-charge of Punjab affairs Shakeel Ahmad, AICC secretary Harish Chaudhary, Congress Legislative Party leader Charanjit Singh Channi, former PCC president Partap Singh Bajwa and other senior leaders.
In his tribute, Amarinder said soldiers from Gurdaspur are known for their gallantry. He also promised the families of the two martyrs all help.