Punjab: State Chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh on March 19 revert back to Pakistan’s army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa’s rhetoric “walk the talk” as the latter made a pitch for peace between the two nations yesterday saying the onus lies on India to initiate talks for improving bilateral ties by addressing Kashmir issue.
“Bajwa should first control his ISI, and then talk about stability in Indo-Pak relations,” the chief minister said, adding that India cannot afford to go soft with Pakistan till they “walk the talk” and prove their sincerity with solid actions.
Singh’s remark comes a day after Bajwa said it was time for the two nations to “bury the past” and move forward as that would help to “unlock” the potential of South and Central Asia. The Pakistan army chief said that the potential for regional peace and development always remained hostage to the disputes and issues between the two countries – the two “nuclear-armed neighbours”. He, however, said that responsibility for a meaningful dialogue rested with India.
In a direct comeback to Bajwa, Singh said, “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.”
Referring to the differences with their country, the chief minister 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 ISI to back off and leave India alone?”
“India is all for peace, all Indians stand for peace, but India cannot compromise on its security and integrity,” he stressed, adding that peace cannot be conditional.
Meanwhile, Bajwa’s remarks came a month after the militaries of India and Pakistan announced a ceasefire along the de facto border in Kashmir.
In response to similar remarks “offering a hand of peace”, India had last month asserted that its now on Pakistan to create an environment free of terrorism and hostility.