Former Punjab Chief Minster Amarinder Singh set up a spirited defence of his close friend, Pakistani defence journalist Aroosa Alam, after condition Home Minister Sukhjinder Randhawa’s danger of investigating her for back links with the Pakistan intelligence agency ISI. Publishing extra than 10 pictures of the journalist with Indian dignitaries such as Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, the late Union minister Sushma Swaraj, and Union minister Ashwani Kumar on Fb, he commented, “I suppose they are all also contacts of the ISI”.
“I am submitting a series of pictures of Mrs Aroosa Alam with several dignitaries. I suppose they are all also contacts of the ISI. All those who say so should really imagine prior to talking. Sadly visas are banned at the instant concerning India and Pakistan. Otherwise I would invite her again. By the way I am heading to be 80 in March and Mrs Alam 69 following 12 months. Narrow minded ness seems to be order of the day,” browse his Facebook write-up.
The Punjab dwelling minister’s warning to have Aroosa Alam investigated was the Congress’s sharpest assault nevertheless on Mr Singh.
The 79-yr-old, a Congressman for around four a long time and a person of the party’s greatest mass leaders, had turned versus the get together after it backed Navjot Singh Sidhu in a bitter, year-very long feud that finished with his resignation from the major submit.
But the hostilities resumed with Mr Singh’s announcement of his intention to float a new occasion and have an alignment with the BJP and breakaway Akali factions ahead of following year’s state elections.
Aroosa Alam, who fulfilled Amarinder Singh for the duration of his Pakistan stop by in 2004, is mentioned to be a standard customer to his residence and experienced also attended his oath ceremony. Her identify experienced even cropped up earlier when Mr Singh specific Navjot Sidhu for attending Imran Khan’s oath ceremony in 2018 and was photographed hugging the Pakistani army chief.
Requested about greatly shared videos and visuals of Aroosa Alam with Pakistani navy officers, Mr Randhawa, in an job interview with NDTV stated he had questioned the Punjab police main to look into the allegations.
“The Captain is declaring that Punjab faces a menace from the ISI. So we will also probe the relation of Aroosa Alam with ISI,” the minister explained. “Captain Amarinder Singh stored increasing the problem of drones coming above from Pakistan for the last 4-and-a-fifty percent several years. So Captain (sahab) very first elevated this difficulty and later on acquired BSF deployed in Punjab. So it appears to be a significant plot which needs to be probed,” he had extra.