A complainant in Bihar has filed a case of sedition against Punjab minister Navjot Singh Sidhu on Monday for hugging the Pakistan Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa during his recent visit to Pakistan.
A report by IANS said that one lawyer, Sudhur Ojha, filed the case in Muzaffarpur’s Chief Judicial Magistrate court under various sections of the Indian Penal Code involving sedition.
Sidhu, during his recent visit to Pakistan to attend Imran Khan’s oath-taking ceremony as the country’s 22nd prime minister, had also met the country’s army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa. The photo of Sidhu hugging Bajwa had gone viral prompting Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh to issue his disapproval.
Speaking to reporters on Sunday, Singh had said, “Every day, our jawans are getting martyred,” Amarinder Singh said, according to NDTV. “To hug their Chief General Bajwa… I am against this. The fact is that the man should understand that our soldiers are being killed. My own regiment lost one major and two jawans a few months ago and everyday somebody is being shot.”
The chief minister added that Sidhu attended the oath-taking ceremony in his personal capacity and it had nothing to do with his government or the Congress party.
Later speaking to NDTV, the former India opener had said that his encounter with General Bajwa was quite fruitful as the Pakistani army chief promised to open the Kartarpur border to allow pilgrims during the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak in 2019.
“Gen Bajwa hugged me and said they were thinking of opening the Kartarpur route during Guru Nanak’s 550th birth anniversary celebrations. I had been thinking our chief minister would take this up with Pakistan, but the general made this gracious gesture on his own. He also said we want peace,” Sidhu said.