Imran Khan’s extraordinary gesture in support of Navjot Sidhu on hug controversy

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Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has come out in defence of Navjot Singh Sidhu amidst controversy surrounding the latter’s decision to hug General Qamar Javed Bajwa, the Pakistani army chief.

Imran Khan

In a series of tweets, the newly elected prime minister of Pakistan said, “I want to thank Sidhu for coming to Pakistan for my oath taking. He was an ambassador of peace & was given amazing love & affection by ppl of Pakistan. Those in India who targeted him are doing a gt disservice to peace in the subcontinent – without peace our ppl cannot progress. (sic)”

His subsequent tweet read, “To move forward Pakistan and India must dialogue and resolve their conflicts incl Kashmir: The best way to alleviate poverty and uplift the people of the subcontinent is to resolve our differences through dialogue and start trading.”

Sidhu, a former India cricketer of repute, was invited to be at the oat-taking ceremony of Imran since both of them have played against each other on the cricket field in the past. Sidhu, who is now a minister in the Punjab government led by Capt Amarinder Singh, had faced flak from the right-wing Indian media and his own boss.

Later a case of sedition was filed against the former India opener in Bihar. His supporters had argued that criticism for Sidhu smacked of the glaring hypocrisy on the part of the right-wing brigade the same had termed Prime Minister’s unscheduled stopover in Lahore to meet then Pakistani PM Nawaz Sharif a ‘masterstroke.’

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