Badal demands general amnesty for Sikh youths

Punjab CM Badal on Thursday slammed the Centre for leaving Sikh youths who took political asylum abroad during the days of militancy.

Updated: Feb 18, 2010, 23:55 PM IST

Kapurthala: Punjab Chief Minister Parkash
Singh Badal on Thursday slammed the Centre for leaving Sikh youths
who took political asylum abroad during the days of militancy
out of the ambit of its proposed move to grant general amnesty
to PoK-based Kashmiri youths who give up arms and return.
"When the country is one, what is the harm in giving
general amnesty to Sikh youths who want to shun violence and
join the mainstream," Badal told reporters here on the
sidelines of a function.
Noting that a number of Sikh youths took political
asylum in foreign countries including Pakistan during
militancy in Punjab, the Chief Minister said he wwould take up
the issue with the Union Home Minister P Chidambaram when the
latter visits Amritsar on February 20.

Centre has always adopted a discriminatory attitude
towards the genuine demands of Punjab, he alleged.

PTI