Amritsar, Aug 15: On the occasion of the country's 75th Independence Day, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Sunday vowed to protect the border state against the nefarious designs of Pakistan.
Calling for extreme vigil against Pakistan, which continued to try to foment trouble even 75 years after independence, the Chief Minister said while "we want Punjab, but will not tolerate any aggression or attack on our territory".
Addressing the people of Punjab after unfurling the national flag here, the Chief Minister declared "we will teach them (Pakistan) the lesson of their lifetime if they try to be adventurous".
Pointing to the use of drones by the neighbouring country to smuggle arms and drugs into the state, the Chief Minister warned that Pakistan would not leave any opportunity to take advantage of any vulnerability in Punjab.
Stressing the need to ensure peace in the state to promote the development of industry and the progress of its people, he said his government would not tolerate any threat, including those from gangsters and terrorists.
"We will deal with them squarely. Any threat to Punjab would be a danger to our entire nation".
He said since his government took over, 47 Pakistani terrorist modules and 347 modules of gangsters had been neutralised, including some key gangsters who had been deported from Armenia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and other countries, with more awaiting deportation.
The Chief Minister expressed pride in the performance of the 20 men and women who had brought laurels to the state in the Tokyo Olympics and said besides the cash rewards, government jobs would be given to all of them.
He, however, personally felt all this was not enough to appreciate their achievements, he added.