Punjab

Is Aroosa Alam a Pakistani friend of Punjab CM influencing government decisions?

June 10, 2018 01:58 PM

Punjab News Express
CHANDIGARH: Hari Chand Arora a senior advocate of Punjab and Haryana High Court and human rights activist has appealed Narender Modi, the Prime Minister of India to review the VISA of Pakistan citizen Aroosa Alam who is close friend of Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh and allegedly influencing the working of state government.

Arora has told the Prime Minister to get verified past credentials of Aroosa Alam from Intelligence agencies. While in Chandigarh, Aroosa Alam used to stay at a private residence of Capt Amarinder Singh. Recent media reports have suggested that certain businessmen have been approaching Aroosa Alam to get her recommendations for their work.

Capt Amarinder Singh his cabinet colleagues had recently celebrated birthday of Aroosa Alam in Manali where Aroosa Alam was present alongwith her Pakistani friends. A selfie of Capt Amarinder Singh with Aroosa Alam had recently circulated in the social media. Interestingly Aroosa Alam is also close to members of Badal family and Union Food minister Harsimrat Kasur Badal has recommended to Prime Minister to extend her VISA for one year which is duly accorded to her.

Arora in a letter addressed to Prime Minister has said that as per  news paper reports, Aroosa Alam, a Pakistani national, was star attraction at the swearing in ceremony of present Chief Minister of Punjab during 2017.

PHe told the PM that Aroosa Alam and her companions were occupying one  spacious sofa, while certain MLAs were standing, as they could not get any seat.  Quoting birthday bash of Aroosa Alam, the advocate said her birth day was reportedly celebrated at Manali on May 21, 2018, where the Chief Minister, Punjab (whose own birth day also falls on 21st May) and one of Cabinet Ministers and several other persons participated.  

A news report had recently appeared disclosing  that her visa for further stay for one year in India has been extended on the recommendation of a Union Minister (who comes from Shromani Akali Dal)). All these reports are quite disturbing, and in such circumstances, it is imperative that past credentials of Aroosa Alam must be got verified through intelligence agencies. Besides, repeated extensions of visa of this Pakistani national does not appear to be in public interest.

Most disturbing news report has now appeared in some news paper, which  has been  circulated in social media today. According to the news report, the Chief Minister’s office has agreed to arrange  a meeting of Cabinet Minister for Social Security, Women and Child Development, Punjab, with leadership of Anganwari workers on 12.6.2018, only after the said Organization had threatened that in case such a meeting is not fixed with them immediately, they would focus their agitation on Aroosa Alam, and would write a letter to Madam Arusa  Alam with their blood (instead of ink).  

The said announcement created a panic in the Secretariat, which led to fixing an early  date of meeting with the Cabinet Minister for Social Security, Women and Child Development, Punjab.

Arora wrote that he was enclosing herewith a photo of the said news report. If the report has substance in it, that would only indicate that any further stay of this Pakistani national in India is not in public interest. She  can not be permitted to  influence policy decisions of the State Government in her capacity as Extra-Constitutional Centre of Foreign Power.  In my humble  opinion, caesar's  close friends must  also be above suspicion.

Arora had in the past filed many Public Interest Litigations against wrong doings of Punjab Government. It was on his PIL that Punjab and Haryana High Court had terminated the services of over 500 Police personnal who were continuing in service despite conviction by courts.

 

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