Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh has lashed out at his own cabinet colleague, Navjot Singh Sidhu, for hugging Pakistani army chief, General Qamar Javed Bajwa, during the oath-taking ceremony of Prime Minister Imran Khan.
Speaking to reporters, Singh said, “Look, as far as visiting Pakistan to attend the swearing-in ceremony (of Imran Khan) is concerned, this is his personal matter since (Imran Khan is) his friend. It has nothing to do with us. Whether he sat next to the PoK president, may be he did not know who the PoK president was.
“But what I find it wrong is that everyday our soldiers are killed. I am in favour of hugging General Bajwa…But the fact is that a man should understand that our own soldiers are getting killed everyday. My own regiment lost one Major and two jawans two months ago…That was wrong for him to have shown the affection towards the Pakistan Army Chief.”
#WATCH: Punjab CM Capt Amarinder Singh reacts on #NavjotSinghSidhu hugging Pakistan Army Chief Qamar Javed Bajwa during Pakistan PM Imran Khan’s swearing-in ceremony yesterday, says ‘It was wrong for him to have shown the affection towards the Pakistan Army Chief’ pic.twitter.com/WcVSYcqGlN
— ANI (@ANI) August 19, 2018
Sidhu, a former Indian cricketer of repute, had faced criticism from India’s right-wing brigade for his decision to accept Imran Khan’s invitation to be present at his swearing-in ceremony.
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.