Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal on Saturday urged the Centre to effectively seal the borders with Pakistan so as to curb the menace of cross-border terrorism that was posing a serious threat to the country’s unity and integrity.
The CM, who visited Bhagwal village in Pathankot district to mourn the death of Ikagar Singh, who was killed by terrorists late on Friday night, the CM said the state government was committed to preserving peace and communal harmony in Punjab and no one would be allowed to disturb it at any cost. He said the Pathankot terror attack was an unfortunate incident, which needed to be condemned harshly. However, Badal said it was high time the Centre took a call on this sensitive issue by checking infiltration from across the border.
Badal said united efforts of the state and central security agencies had again foiled the nefarious designs of anti-national forces. “The entire country salutes these bravehearts who are always ready to combat any such move against the unity and integrity of the nation,” he added.
Expressing condolences with Ikagar’s family, the chief minister said he was a ‘national martyr’ who laid down his life for the country. Badal said the state government would take every step to safeguard the family’s interests.
Meanwhile, the chief minister announced a financial assistance of Rs 5 lakh for the family, besides a government job for Ikagar’s wife. He also said the state government would give old-age pension to Ikagar’s parents.