Former cricketor and Punjab minister Navjot Singh Sidhu is under fire from the opposition parties in his stat Punjab, for hugging Pakistan Army Chief Oomar Javed Bajwa during the oath-taking ceremony of newly elected Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan. Even his gesture didn’t go down well with many as a number of social media users and politicians slammed him for his act.
However, after attending the ceremony, Sidhu claimed that he broungt the `message of love’ from India and is returning with interest. “I brought love from India (to Pakistan), I am returning with 100 times more love, the love has returned with interest”, he added.
But Punjab BJP president Shwait Malik described his visit to Islamabad as “shameful”. He questioned the cricketer-turned-politician whether it was necessary to visti Pakistan at a time when India was mourning the demise of former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
He questioned Sidhu whether he remembered the sacrifices made by the Indian soldiers at the border at that time. He lamented that on one side, the Pakistan army was involved in attacking our soldiers at the border and on the other side Sidhu was hugging the Army chief. Does it mean he was thanking him for killing our jawans, he asked. Demanding an apology from him for the “unacceptable act”, he accused him as an “opportunist” and accused him of putting the nation’s dignity at risk.
The Shiromani Akali Dal said Sidhu broke the “decorum” by visiting Pakistan. “The whole nation is observing seven-day mourning in the wake of the death of former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee. At this point of time, it becomes necessary that no minister should attend ceremonial functions. By visiting Pakistan, Sidhu has broken the decorum,” said SAD spokesperson Daljit Singh Cheema.