‘Not a Day Passes When Indian Soldiers not Killed’: Captain Amarinder Singh Declines Kartarpur Sahib Opening Ceremony Invitation
Captain Singh also said that the Inter-Service Intelligence had started ‘its nefarious activities’ in Punjab forcing him to decline the invitation.
Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh cited continued terrorist attacks and the unending attack on Indian soldiers along the line of control (LOC) as reasons for declining the invitation of Pakistan Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mehmood Qureshi to attend the opening of the Kartarpur Sahib corridor in Pakistan on Wednesday, November 28.
Always cherished dream to visit Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib. Regret to decline invite of @SMQureshiPTI @ForeignOfficePk for Kartarpur Sahib Corridor ceremony. Cannot go while killings of Indian soldiers & terror attacks in Punjab continue. May Waheguru bless us with peace & amity! pic.twitter.com/LUujzJvtak
— Capt.Amarinder Singh (@capt_amarinder) November 25, 2018
In his letter to the Pakistan foreign minister, Captain Singh stated the reasons for declining the invitation. He wrote, “Firstly, not a day passes when Indian soldiers are not killed or wounded on the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir. Rather than moving towards normalcy these incidents are escalating. A few months ago, my battalion lost one Major and two jawans in an ambush laid on our side of the line of control, well within Indian territory.”
Explaining his second reason, he wrote in the letter, “Secondly, the Inter-Service Intelligence (ISI) has started its nefarious activities within my state.” He added that since the Congress government was sworn in, in March 2017, 17 modules handled and controlled by the ISI were neutralised by the government. He also said that 81 terrorists and 79 weapons had been confiscated, alongside “numerous grenades of the HG84-type made in your (Pakistan’s) Ordnance factories, with Austrian know-how, along with seizure of some IEDs.”
Captain Singh will be laying down the foundation of the Kartarpur Sahib corridor on the Indian side of the border on Monday, November 26 along with President Ramnath Kovind.