Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu made a huge controversy at Pakistan’s PM Imran Khan swear-in ceremony when he got up hugged Pakistan Army Chief General Bajwa. Proving himself right he said that it was a very ’emotional moment’ for him as the Chief talked about peace between both the countries.
“Pakistan army chief said they were making efforts to open corridor to Kartarpur Sahib, what followed was an emotional moment,” Sidhu told reporters. The BJP said that there are people in Congress that support interests of Pakistan in India after Sidhu’s conference.
Amid the controversy, Pak PM Imran Khan thanked Sidhu and said he is “ambassador of peace”
“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,” Khan said in a tweet.
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
— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) August 21, 2018
BJP said that there are the people in the Congress party who try to promote the interests of Pakistan in India after Sidhu’s conference.
The BJP had earlier slammed Sidhu’s visit to Pakistan to attend Imran Khan’s oath-taking ceremony last Saturday, especially his hug with Pakistan army chief Qamar Javed Bajwa, as “shameful”.
“It’s sad that Navjot Sidhu has somewhat tried to implicate India in all this by saying Indians have small hearts. We condemn this,” the ruling party’s spokesperson Sambit Patra said.
“We want an answer on this not from Sidhu ji but from Rahul ji. Is Rahul ji trying to run a parallel government?” he asked.
Punjab Chief Minister Amrinder Singh also condemned the act and said that he was not in the favour of Sidhu hugging General Bajwa. On this Sidhu said “Many people from Congress have spoken on this, including Captain Sahab. It’s a democracy and everyone has the right to their opinion,” Sidhu said.
In the past also efforts for peace have been made, the late Vajpayee ji had taken ‘dosti bus’ to Lahore, invited Musharraf. PM Modi invited Nawaz Sharif to oath-taking, he also went suddenly to Lahore: Navjot Singh Sidhu pic.twitter.com/4UyVKDdwDf
— ANI (@ANI) August 21, 2018
“Efforts for peace have been made in the past as well. The late Vajpayee ji had taken the ‘dosti bus’ to Lahore and invited (former Pakistan president Pervez) Musharraf. Prime Minister (Narendra) Modi invited Nawaz Sharif to his oath-taking ceremony. He also went to Lahore without a plan,” Sidhu added.
He also pointed out that PM Modi also hugged Pakistan PM during his visit to Lahore. “No one is questioning PM Modi,” he said.