Congress Says PM, Amit Shah Have ‘Grand Alliance’ With Pakistan’s ISI

Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala demanded that both the Prime Minister and the BJP president apologise to the nation for “inviting” the ISI to Pathankot air base and for reposing faith in it.
NEW DELHI: The Congress on Friday alleged a “mahagathbandhan” between Pakistan’s ISI and Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah, accusing the Prime Minister of betraying the country’s national interests and its security.
Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala demanded that both the Prime Minister and the BJP president apologise to the nation for “inviting” the ISI to Pathankot air base and for reposing faith in it.

The Congress leader also said PM Modi and his party should not draw political gains out of the valour and courage of armed forces who carried out surgical strikes on terror camps in Pakistan.

“Modi-Shah duo have a ‘mahagathbandhan’ (grand alliance) with Pakistan’s ISI,” he told reporters, claiming the biggest proof of their links with the ISI was the statement by its former chief Assad Durrani that ‘Modi is ISI’s favourite choice as the prime minister of India’.

He said it was due to this “grand alliance” that the Modi government invited the ISI to probe Pathankot terror attack even though it was the Pakistani intelligence agency was responsible for it.

Mr Surjewala alleged the Pakistani delegation invited to probe the Pathankot terrorist attack, included members of the ISI.

“The Prime Minister should tell the nation on what basis was the ISI, responsible for Pathankot terror attack, was allowed to carry out a probe,” he said.

The Congress leader asked why “Shah gave character certificates of appreciation” to ISI on March 30, 2016 in Kolkata by publicly claiming that “Pakistan has made serious efforts in the Pathankot terror probe”.

“Shah should tell the nation why he praised Pakistan’s ISI if he did not have links with it,” he asked.

Mr Surjewala was joined by a host of ex-servicemen, including Indian Ex Servicemen Movement (IESM) chairman Major General Satbir Singh, in saying the valour of soldiers should not be used for political gains and vote garnering.

They were objecting to the alleged release of a video by the government of surgical strikes carried out by Indian Army on terror camps in Pakistan.

Mr Surjewala said his party saluted the indomitable courage and bravery of the Armed forces and the nation had always celebrated the valour, fortitude and the spirit of sacrifice of jawans.