Chandigarh, March 19
Terming Islamabad-sponsored terrorism as the biggest hurdle to normalising relations between the two nations, CM Capt Amarinder Singh on Friday said Pakistan Chief of Army Staff, General Qamar Javed Bajwa, should back his rhetoric on peace with India with solid action.
Bajwa should first control his ISI, and then talk about stability in Indo-Pak relations, said the CM, adding that India cannot afford to go soft with Pakistan till they walk the talk and prove their sincerity with concrete actions.
“Infiltration into India from across the border is still happening. Indian soldiers are being killed at the borders every day. They (Pakistan) are dropping arms and heroin into Punjab via drones every other day. Efforts to create trouble in my state continue to take place. All this should stop first, only then we can talk peace,” Capt Amarinder said.
For India to trust Pakistan, the latter will have to do much more than offer an olive branch, said the CM.
It is important for not just Bajwa but the entire Pakistan military apparatus to be on board with the idea of burying the past and paving the way for peace with India, he said.
“Are they all of the same view as shared by General Bajwa? Are they withdrawing all support to terror groups immediately? Have they asked the ISI to back off and leave India alone?” These, said the CM, were questions that needed to be answered before India could start believing in, and responding to, Pakistan’s overtures of peace. — TNS