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Akali Dal never encouraged terrorists-Badal

Posted on Oct 04, 02:39PM | UNI

Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today said Akali Dal never encouraged terrorists.

How can the Akali Dal be accused of encouraging terrorists when it had to suffer a lot at the hands of terrorists? These terrorists had killed party president Sant Harchand Singh Longowal, carried out a murderous attack on former SGPC president Gurcharan Singh Tohra and also killed many workers of the party during the postponed assembly elections in 1991, Badal said.

He made this statement while reacting to the allegations leveled by Lt General Kuldeep Singh Brar and PPCC president Capt Amarinder Singh Akali Dal that he was encouraging terrorists in the state.

Badal was addressing a press conference at village Jhandian after laying the foundation stone of upgradation and strengthening of Kular Ratewal-Tibba Nangal-Sarai Pattan road named after Swami Brahma Nand Bhuri Wale.

Later speaking at Bassi Pathana in Fatehgarh Sahib, Mr Badal said the attack on Lt Gen (retd) K S Brar has nothing to do with the reports of revival of terrorism in Punjab.

Talking to mediapersons at Bassi Pathana he said if any terrorist act happened outside the country, how can it be related to the return of terrorism in Punjab.

The CM refered to the Wisconsin gurdwara shoot-out incident that occurred two months ago. If such a tragic incident occurred in the United States then it doesn't mean the terrorist activities in US have revived.

On being questioned whether he condemned the London attack, the CM evaded a direct reply and said ,"whosoever does wrong, I am against them all".