Former cricketer turned politician Siddhu courted controversy when he was pictured hugging Pakistan’s army chief shortly before the start of the oath-taking ceremony of Imran Khan as Pakistan’s newly elected PM. Lashing out at Navjot Singh Sidhu over hugging Pakistan Army chief Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh on Sunday said that it was wrong of the minister to have shown affection towards General Bajwa.
“Every day, our jawans are getting martyred. To hug their o hug their army chief, I am against this. The fact is that the man should understand that our soldiers are being killed everyday,” he said.
The Punjab CM, reacting to Sidhu’s travel to Pakistan to attend the swearing-in ceremony of Imran Khan said that he had gone there in his personal capacity and that it had nothing to do with the Congress. “As far as attending the swearing-in ceremony is concerned, he went there in his personal capacity, so it has nothing to do with us. About him being seated next to the PoK president, maybe he (Sidhu) didn’t know who he was.”
Earlier today, Sidhu defended his hug with Pakistan army Chief General Bajwa and sought to play down the controversy over him being seated next to the PoK president during the oath-taking ceremony of Pakistan PM Imran Khan.
“If someone (Pakistan army chief) comes to me and says that we belong to the same culture and we will open Kartarpur border on Guru Nanak Dev’s 550th Prakash Parv, what else I could do?,” the Congress leader said after returning to India via the Attari-Wagah border.
Commenting on the controversy of his seat placement during the oath-taking of Imran Khan, where he was sitting next to to Pakistan Occupied Kashmir president Masood Khan, the minister said he was a guest of honour and he sat where he sat where he was asked to. “If you’re invited as a guest of honour somewhere, you sit wherever you are asked to. I was sitting somewhere else but they asked me to sit there,” he said.
– The Times of India