Amarinder and I are only friends: Aroosa

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Chandigarh, Dec 26 (UNI) Controversial Pakistani scribe Aroosa Alam today charged former Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh's opponents for linking her name romantically with him.

''It is not 'pyaar' (love), only 'dosti' (freindship). He is my good friend and will remain so'', the Pak-journalist said, who is here to inquire about the health of Capt Singh's ailing mother.

''It is a political controversy hatched by Amarinder's opponents,'' she said, while addressing a 'Meet the Press' programme at the Chandigarh Press Club here.

''It is for Amarinder to find out who is behind this'', she said when asked whether the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) or certain Congress leaders were behind the conspiracy.

Ms Alam, who is also the president of the Pakistan chapter of South Asia Free Media Association (SAFMA) and vice president of the Rawalpindi Press Club appealed to the media not to rake up the issue.

In his appeal, she also reminded the attendance of a popular Punjabi saying, '' Char ghar te daine (witch) ve chad dindi hai (even a witch does not cause harm in her neighbourhood).'' ''We should respect each other's private lives'', Ms Alam said while inquring from the male journalists present whether they had female friends.

Pointing out the problems that she had to face in Pakistan after the media began wrongly interpreting her relationship with Capt Amarinder, Ms Alam said she had a family and a social status in her country. '' You know our society, even if a politician has a relationship with someone else, not a word is written about personel lives'', she added.

''The ball is in the media's court,'' Ms Alam said referring to to the media controversy as 'bachonwali baat' (child chatter).

When the mediapersons pointed out that the controversy was actually generated by a Pakistani newspaper early this year, Ms Alam admitted this and said the proprietor on the particular newspaper had a personel grudge against her as she had exposed one of his land deals.

''I was even dubbed as an ISI agent by the media and God knows what else, which was all absurd'', she said, while pointing out that SAFMA believed in free movement of the journalists of the region.

''I have always liked to come to India and even before I met Amarinder I used to come here,'' she said, while pointing out that she first met the former Chief Minister at the inauguration of the Jalandhar Press Club.

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