Kartarpur Sahib in exchange for 90k Pakistan prisoners if…: Modi in Punjab

PM Narendra Modi in Patiala election rally in Punjab

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I would have taken Kartarpur Sahib in exchange of Pakistan prisoners: Modi

By Our Special Correspondent

New Delhi, May 23: Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Thursday that he would have to taken Kartarpur Sahib in exchange for the 90,000 Pakistani prisoners in 1971. Modi said that had he been there (as the PM), he would have exchanged the Kartarpur Sahib for the 90,000 Pakistani army personnel who had surrendered before the Indian Army in the 1971 War in Bangladesh.

Modi addressed his maiden election rally in Patiala in Punjab on Thursday. Polling for all the 14 Lok Sabha seats in Punjab will be held in the last phase on June 1.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is contesting the Lok Sabha elections without any pre-poll alliance. The BJP had won two Lok Sabha seats in the 2019 elections.

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“The Congress portioned the country for the sake of power. They portioned the country in a manner that the people had to see the Kartarpur Sahib with telescope for 70 years,” said Modi in his election rally.

The Kartarpur Sahib is a most sought-after religious place for the Sikhs. Guru Nanak Dev was born at the Kartarpur Sahib. India and Pakistan in a special arrangement have created a Kartarpur Sahib for the Sikh pilgrims to visit the holy place.

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“At the time of the Bangladesh War, 90,000 Pakistani Army personnel had surrendered. They were in our custody. I can say with confidence that if Modi had been there at that time (as the prime minister), I would have freed them only after taking the Kartarpur Sahib in the exchange,” said Modi.

The Indian Army had taken a good care of the surrendered Pakistani Army personnel while treating them as per the rules. The Indian Army had interceded on the appeal of the Bangladeshi freedom fighters.

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Late Indira Gandhi, who was the prime minister in 1971, had ordered the Indian Army to save the Bengali population in East Pakistan from the grave human rights violations committed by the Pakistani Army.

Modi also played the nationalism card in his maiden election speech in Punjab. “On one side, there is valour to go inside the home of the enemy to kill them. On the other side is a set of the people who cry when the Enforcement Directorate makes arrests,” added Modi.

Preneet Kaur is in the fray from the Patiala Lok Sabha seat. She is the BJP candidate and also the wife of the former Chief Minister of Punjab, Captain Amarinder Singh.

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