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Punjab CM Capt Amarinder Singh Requests PM To Let Him Go And Receive IAF Pilot Abhinandan At Wagah

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| March 1 , 2019 , 13:52 IST

Punjab chief minister Capt Amarinder Singh on Thursday requested PM Modi to let him go and receive the brave IAF Pilot Abhinandan Varthaman at the Wagah border on his arrival from Pakistan.

Amarinder Singh, who is touring border areas of his state took his twitter handle to express his desire.

“Dear @narendramodi Ji, I’m touring the border areas of Punjab & I’m presently in Amritsar. Came to know that @pid_gov has decided to release #AbhinandanVartaman from Wagha. It will be an honour for me to go and receive him, as he and his father are alumnus of the NDA as I am (sic),” he posted on his Twitter handle.

His statement came just hours after Pakistan PM, speaking in parliament, offered to release captive Indian Air Force pilot as a "gesture of peace". 

Interacting with BSF personnel at the Khalra observation post during a tour of the border areas as part of his confidence-building measures for the residents, the CM said the Pulwama attack by Pakistan-backed terror forces was an act of cowardice, necessitating the retaliation by the Indian government. He, however, hoped that normalcy would return soon at the border.

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He offered the BSF all support from his government to deal with the situation in the aftermath of the IAF strikes on terror hideouts across the Line of Control (LoC).

“We are there for you,” he told the BSF men. He recalled his own days as an army man in the sector during the 1965 war.

During his tour in the Tarn Taran sector to assess the ground situation, Amarinder interacted with residents of at least 15 border villages, including Shaheed Baba Tara Singh Wala, Rajoke, Kalia Shatara, Dholan, Lakhna and Kals.

He urged the residents to remain calm and not to be swayed by rumours.