Press statement of Simranjit Singh Mann, President Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar), dated- 19th February 2019
Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) supports PM Modi’s policy against terrorism. But we do not support Hindu states policy on state terrorism, atrocities on Adivasi’s, Naga’s, Dalit’s, massacres of Muslims and genocide of the Sikhs. Kashmir be settled by talks on UN SC resolution. Peace No War.
Army and Sikh’s must save and protect Kashmiri students all over the country. Sikh Gurudwara’s be treated as sanctuaries for Kashmiris. Otherwise it is the duty of all citizens to protect Kashmiris.
Our party does not support AFSPA (Armed Forces Special Power Act) in Jammu & Kashmir and treats it as unconstitutional as this law gives powers to the army to kill, maim, torture, kidnap, rape, murder, abduct, detain with impunity. Defies article 21 of Constitution. Supreme Court and High Courts should immediately strike down this barbaric and undemocratic law.
Sikhs, Adivasi’s and Lingyats are not Hindus as described by the Constitution.
We do not support 200% extra duty on Pak imports as it hurts Punjab’s economy.
Discord between India and Pakistan is a Hindu-Muslim historic problem. Sikhs have no dispute with either. Sikhs can act as bridges between Muslims and Hindus.