Chandigarh, Apr 2 : The ruling-Akali Dal has come down heavily on 'Punjabi Durbar' programme of Pakistan Radio and has warned that the neighbouring country must stop playing foul games against India.
In an attempt to infuse hatred against the government, Pakistan Radio has accused that the Prakash Singh Badal Government and Central Government are working in tandem with controversial religious leaders.
Lahore based Pakistan Radio has alleged that Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmit Ram Rahim Singh, Bhindarewala and founder of the Divya Jyoti Jagrati Sansthan (DJJS) Baba Ashutosh had directly interfered into Sikh religious matters in connivance with the Central and State Governments.
"The State Government is not having any relation with any religious faction. We are doing what we are supposed to do as a government," said Shiromani Akali Dal chief Sukhbir Singh Badal.
Commenting on the allegation that the Punjab Government, who is having an alliance with the Bharatiya Janata Party, is ignoring Sikhs, Badal said: "All Punjabis in the state whether they are Hindus or Sikhs know that our government is secular. Every section is equally treated. Sikh community has faith in Akali Dal that has fought for Sikhs. We don't need to give any certificate of secularism to Pakistan."
According to strategic analysts, Pakistan is doing all this to deviate the attention of Pakistanis from its own affairs.
This is not the first time that this programme has received such a harsh response. In the past too it had tried to infuse some sort of separatist ideas, but received hard-hitting replies.
Pakistan Radio's 'Punjabi Darbar' exhortations have had little or no impact on Sikhs.
The radio programmes only indicate that Pakistan cannot see a prosperous and developed Punjab.
People in Punjab laugh at the propaganda which claims that Sikhs in India, and especially in Punjab, face a grim future.