Sikh hardliners have been making a desperate bid to revive the Khalistan movement in Punjab for past few years and ahead of elections they have found a breeding ground in the border state.
Elections are due in Punjab in early next year and Political parties are not shying away from siding with radical elements for electoral gains. While intelligence agencies maintain that militancy will not return in Punjab, political parties are not afraid of fuelling the extremist elements for their personal gains.
As per news report former Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee President, Paratp Singh Bajwa is closely related to newly appointed Army chief of Pakistan general Qamar Javed Bajwa. Partap Singh Bajwa disclosed this in a press conference held at Chandigarh.
The caution already comes from the background questioning the integrity of Pratap Singh Bajwa in lieu of supporting and maintaining close ties the with gen Bajwa while bringing more threat to national security. It is noteworthy that Genral Bajwa was a close aid of General Mushraff and had played a key role during Kargill war.
On the other hand alleged love interest of Captain Amarinder Singh’s alleged love affair Aroosa Alam has believed to have close ties with General Bajwa. Connecting the dots, it exposes the bigger picture – ISI links with Indian politicians and their brewing interest ahead of elections in Punjab.
Punjab elections has become a triangular contest a new entrant Aam Aadmi Party is leaving no stone unturned to make a mark in their maiden state elections. The soft approach the AAP towards Sikh radicals and militants is evident in Bhagwant Mann’s statement when he said – “Khalistan is not on our agenda”.
Former AAP leader had went on record to state that the party is trying to garner support of various Sikh radical leaders. It is noteworthy that AAP enjoys the support of various radicals like Baljit Singh Daduwa, besides Gurdeep Singh Brar of the United Sikh Movement (USM), a body founded by former Sikh hardliners. Dal Khalsa leader Kanwar Pal Singh is also not averse to supporting the AAP either.
Insurgency in Punjab was one of the darkest periods in Punjab’s history and we were able to put an end to it with grave difficulty. Radical elements are now slowly trying to revive in Punjab and political parties are playing with fire by siding with them for electoral gains.