Punjab

CM Badal lambasts Opposition for ‘politicising’ Indo-Pak border crisis

By Rinni Thakur

October 04, 2016

Ferozepur: Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Monday implored political parties to desist from making “provocative statements” in the wake of “impending crisis on Indo-Pak border” following recent surgical strikes by Army in Pakistan occupied Kashmir.

Badal said, “It is unfortunate that political leaders are continuously politicking at this critical juncture when clouds of war are hovering over the country.” The five-time Chief Minister said SAD-BJP alliance government did not believe in doing politics over the issues concerning unity and integrity of country. He said his visits to border villages during past few days were solely aimed at sharing the grief of border residents and instilling a sense of confidence amongst them.

“These visits are not even remotely concerned with politics. I am visiting the border villages to be amongst brave people of this region who are ever ready to make any sacrifice for their country but unfortunately my fellow friends (opposition) do not see anything beyond politics,” he said. Badal’s reaction came after state Congress chief Amarinder Singh on Sunday said that BJP-led NDA government at the Centre was creating “unnecessary war hysteria” and tension along Punjab borders with an eye on the 2017 Uttar Pradesh elections. Former Chief Minister had also taken a dig at Badal, saying, “Instead of meekly submitting to the Centre’s diktats, he should have taken a stand against evacuation.

‘Surgical strikes were necessary’

Jattwali : CM Parkash Singh Badal said the surgical strikes by Indian Army across the LoC were necessary to teach Pakistan a lesson for “back-stabbing India”. Badal visited a relief camp for people from villages near Indo-Pak border and told them that “India has always been a votary of peace and communal harmony, but Pakistan has always considered it as our weakness”.“Successive Prime Ministers, including Atal

Bihari Vajpayee, and now Narendra Modi have worked for promoting peace and brotherhood between the two countries, but Pakistan has always back-stabbed India. “Pakistan tested India’s patience by sponsoring attacks in Mumbai, on the Parliament House, but it crossed all limits by sponsoring the attack on army base in Uri. That’s why Union government decided to conduct the surgical strikes to give a befitting reply to Pakistan,” he said.Chief Minister saidthe border areas could not be developed due to the “frequent threats of war” and residents have to deal with many problems everyday.

“The state government is duty-bound to extend a helping hand to you people,” he said, adding top officials were regularly monitoring the arrangements at the relief camps. The evacuation of a large number of people residing within 10 kilometres radius of the border is a gigantic task, Badal said.