May 1, 2017 | By Parmjeet Singh
Chandigarh: In a written statement issued today, the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) chief and Punjab Chief Minister Capt. Amarinder Singh backed Indian army on Kashmir issue. He called for giving out total free hand to Indian army in Kashmir. Notably, Indian Army already enjoys impunity under ‘Armed Forces Special Powers Act’ (AFSPA) imposed by the Indian administration in Kashmir.
Punjab Chief Minister who had written an article in an English vernacular supporting Indian Army’s actions in Kashmir before Punjab polls, today defended and extended open support of Indian army officer/s who used a Kashmiri youth as human shield by tying him in front of an army jeep.
The written statement/press release issued by ADPR CMO and Capt. Amarinder Singh Media Cell is being reproduced in verbatim as follows, for the information of readers of the Sikh Siyasat News (SSN):
CHIEF MINISTERs OFFICE PUNJAB
CAPT AMARINDER DEMANDS FREE HAND FOR INDIAN ARMY TO TACKLE DANGEROUS SITUATIONS ON DUTY, RESPOND SUITABLY TO BARBARIC ACTS AGAINST JAWANS
· EXPRESSES SOLIDARITY WITH MAJ GAGOI OVER ‘HUMAN SHIELD’ ACT IN J&K
Chandigarh, May 1
Expressing concern over the increasing vulnerability of Indian soldiers on the borders and in border states such as Jammu & Kashmir, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh has called for total freedom to the Indian Army to tackle dangerous situations faced in the line of duty.
In a statement issued here on Monday, the Chief Minister, himself an ex Army man, came out in solidarity with the Indian soldiers being exposed to all kinds of risks and atrocities not only at the hands of enemy forces from across the border but sometimes also at the hands of civilians, as happened recently in Kashmir.
Reacting strongly to the reported mutilation of the bodies of two jawans by Pakistan Army following a ceasefire violation in Poonch area of Jammu and Kashmir, Captain Amarinder urged the central government to send out a strong signal to such inimical forces against indulging in such atrocities and barbaric acts. He backed the Indian Army’s warning of “appropriate response” for the “despicable act.”
Such unprovoked acts of excessive violence cannot be tolerated or allowed to go unpunished, he said, adding that the Indian soldiers were not a dispensable commodity to be sacrificed at the altar of such uncivilised and savage assaults.
In a similar vein, Captain Amardinder also came down heavily on those criticising the Indian Army action of tying a man to a jeep to protect its soldiers from the vicious attack unleashed by civilians during the recent elections in Kashmir. The civilians tried to take the law in their hands, he observed, adding that it was the duty of the Army officers to protect their jawans.
Coming out in defence of Major Gagoi, the army officer in the line of fire from various quarters, including a section of the media, over his ‘human shield’ action, Captain Amarinder said the officer was simply doing his duty. In a Facebook post, the Chief Minister further said that in “had I been in the same situation I would have carried out the same action.”
In a message to his former comrades in arms, he said, “Regardless of your rank on retiring don’t forget your past and that you belong to one of the finest armies in this world.”
“Initiative is part of our training and curtailing it is killing the very essence of regimental soldiering,” he further wrote, adding that ” I hope and trust that Major Gagoi is suitably awarded for his decision and that all of us fully support his action.”
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