Days after Punjab Home Minister Sukhjinder Randhawa called for an investigation into Captain Amarinder Singh's friend Aroosa Alam, a Pakistani journalist, to find out whether she has links with Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), Singh ridiculed Randhawa’s claims and posted a series of pictures of Aroosa Alam with various dignitaries, saying “I suppose they are all also contacts of the ISI.”
The dignitaries included Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, the late Union Minister Sushma Swaraj, Yashwant Sinha, among others.
The former chief minister added in his Facebook post, “Narrow-mindedness seems to be order of the day.”
The Facebook post read:
"I am posting a series of pictures of Mrs Aroosa Alam with various dignitaries. I suppose they are all also contacts of the ISI. Those who say so should think before speaking. Unfortunately visas are banned at the moment between India and Pakistan. Otherwise I would invite her again. Incidentally I am going to be 80 in March and Mrs Alam 69 next year. Narrow minded ness seems to be order of the day”.
This continued exchanged of barbs comes just days after Singh announced his plans to float his own party, hoping for a seat-sharing arrangement with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), provided the farmers’ protest is resolved before the polls.
Earlier, on being asked about the photos and videos of Alam, a defence journalist, with Pakistani military officers, Randhawa was quoted as saying, "The Captain is saying that Punjab faces a threat from the ISI. So, we will also probe the relation of Aroosa Alam with ISI,” NDTV reported.
Alam had met Singh during his Pakistan visit in 2004 and apart from having attended his oath ceremony, is reportedly also a regular visitor to his home, NDTV reported.
Her name had earlier appeared when Singh questioned Navjot Sidhu for attending Imran Khan's oath ceremony in 2018.
(With inputs from NDTV)