Former Punjab Chief Minster Amarinder Singh put up a spirited defence of his pal, Pakistani defence journalist Aroosa Alam, after state Residence Minister Sukhjinder Randhawa’s risk of investigating her for hyperlinks with the Pakistan intelligence company ISI. Posting greater than 10 images of the journalist with Indian dignitaries together with Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, the late Union minister Sushma Swaraj, and Union minister Ashwani Kumar on Fb, he commented, “I suppose they’re all additionally contacts of the ISI”.
“I’m posting a sequence of images of Mrs Aroosa Alam with numerous dignitaries. I suppose they’re all additionally contacts of the ISI. Those that say so ought to suppose earlier than talking. Sadly visas are banned in the intervening time between India and Pakistan. In any other case I’d invite her once more. By the way I’m going to be 80 in March and Mrs Alam 69 subsequent yr. Slender minded ness appears to be order of the day,” learn his Fb put up.
The Punjab house minister’s warning to have Aroosa Alam investigated was the Congress’s sharpest assault but on Mr Singh.
The 79-year-old, a Congressman for over 4 a long time and one of many celebration’s greatest mass leaders, had turned towards the celebration after it backed Navjot Singh Sidhu in a bitter, year-long feud that ended together with his resignation from the highest put up.
However the hostilities resumed with Mr Singh’s announcement of his intention to drift a brand new celebration and have an alignment with the BJP and breakaway Akali factions forward of subsequent yr’s state elections.
Aroosa Alam, who met Amarinder Singh throughout his Pakistan go to in 2004, is claimed to be a daily customer to his house and had additionally attended his oath ceremony. Her title had even cropped up earlier when Mr Singh focused Navjot Sidhu for attending Imran Khan’s oath ceremony in 2018 and was photographed hugging the Pakistani military chief.
Requested about broadly shared movies and pictures of Aroosa Alam with Pakistani navy officers, Mr Randhawa, in an interview with NDTV stated he had requested the Punjab police chief to analyze the allegations.
“The Captain is saying that Punjab faces a risk from the ISI. So we can even probe the relation of Aroosa Alam with ISI,” the minister stated. “Captain Amarinder Singh saved elevating the difficulty of drones coming over from Pakistan for the final four-and-a-half years. So Captain (sahab) first raised this challenge and later received BSF deployed in Punjab. So it appears an enormous plot which must be probed,” he had added.