Suspend Modi too for inviting ISI, says Mann

In a letter to LS Speaker he writes that Prime Minister was ‘100 times more guilty’ for inviting ISI to probe the attack on Pathankot airbase

New Delhi : AAP MP Bhagwant Mann on Tuesday demanded suspension of Prime Minister from the House for ‘compromising’ national security by ‘inviting ISI’ to the Pathankot airbase and said the panel set to examine filming of Parliament complex by him should also summon Narendra Modi.

In a letter to Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, Mann said the Prime Minister was ‘100 times more guilty’ for ‘inviting ISI” to probe the January 2 terror attack on the airbase that had left seven security personnel dead.

“In 2001, ISI had attacked the Parliament Complex. And in 2016, it launched an attack on the Pathankot airbase. The PM invited the same ISI and took them around the airbase. ISI made maps of the airbase and left,” Mann alleged.

“The way I have been suspended, even the Prime Minister, who is a member of the House, should be suspended for compromising the national security,” Mann told reporters. Speaker Sumitra Mahajan has set up a panel to examine if Mann’s video compromised Parliament’s security. The panel had yesterday given the Sangrur MP time till July 28 to respond even as it decided to seek the views of experts on the issue.

Mann has been asked not to attend the House until the Committee gives its report. “Does this (inviting ISI to Pathankot) not threaten the security of our country? Is my video a threat to the security of the nation or PM inviting ISI and taking them around the airbase is a bigger threat?”

“The Committee should summon the PM along with me. If I am guilty, then the PM is 100 times more guilty,” Mann alleged.

A five-member Joint Investigation Team from Pakistan had visited Pathankot airbase in March to probe the attack carried out by Jaish-e-Mohammed terror group. Alleging political vendetta, the AAP also claimed the Modi government is trying to arrest Mann in the case, “just like it has done with its other legislators”.

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