Chandigarh: Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Wednesday lashed out at Islamabad over a video clip that featured Khalistani separatists, saying this confirmed Pakistan’s hidden agenda in opening the Kartarpur hall.
The video was launched by Pakistan on Monday simply days forward of the inauguration of the hall that can join the Dera Baba Nanak shrine in Punjab with Darbar Sahib at Kartarpur in Pakistan.
The clip additionally confirmed a poster of a banned pro-Khalistani group, Sikhs for Justice, which is pushing for Sikh Referendum 2020 as a part of its separatist agenda.
Commenting on the video clip, Singh advised reporters, All that is what I’ve been saying from day one, that Pakistan has a hidden agenda right here.
Later, in a strongly-worded assertion, he warned towards the agenda of Pakistan’s Inter-Providers Intelligence behind Islamabad’s choice to permit entry to the Sikh shrine via the hall throughout the border.
Though the hall marked the realisation of the long-cherished dream of all the Sikh neighborhood, together with me, to pay respects on the historic shrine, India can not afford to disregard the ISI menace that was connected to it, he stated.
That is what I’ve been cautioning towards all alongside, they (the ISI) have a adverse agenda behind it. We have now to be very cautious, he stated.
The video, he stated, solely uncovered the true intent of the ISI.
On the one hand, they’re seemingly displaying us compassion and humanity, and on the opposite, they appear intent on utilizing the hall to woo the Indian Sikhs to advertise the ISI-backed 2020 Khalistan Referendum and creating sleeper cells right here, he added.
Three Sikh separatist leaders, together with Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale and his army adviser Shabeg Singh, who had been killed throughout the Operation Blue Star in 1984 function within the video launched by the Pakistan authorities.
The chief minister additionally attacked Shiromani Akali Dal leaders for allegedly enjoying into the arms of the ISI with their politically motivated feedback on the Kartarpur hall difficulty.
He was reacting to SAD president Sukhbir Badal and former state minister Bikram Majithia feedback accusing him of making an attempt to sabotage the hall by speaking about an alleged ISI recreation plan.
They can’t see past their petty political pursuits, Amarinder Singh added.
If there’s anybody making an attempt to sabotage the hall, it’s the ISI. However as an alternative of concentrating on the ISI, they persistently assault me, he stated.
By selecting to disregard the ISI menace and making an attempt to mislead the folks of Punjab with provocative statements towards their very own authorities, these Akali leaders had been really taking ahead the ISI agenda of dividing the Sikh neighborhood, he added.
The ISI had been making an attempt to divide the Sikh neighborhood to advertise Referendum 2020, and the Akali leaders had been really serving to their trigger by giving such provocative statements, he alleged.