After Punjab minister Navjot Singh Sidhu became target of severe backlash and criticism from all quarters in India, including his own Congress party bosses for his recent Pakistan visti, Pakistan prime minister Imran Khan came to his defence and strongly supported his gestures.
Siddu became target of criticism in India for hugging Pakistan’s Army General Qamar Javed Bajwa and sharing the stage with the president of Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir (POK) during Imran Khan’s swearing-in ceremony. Thanking Sidhu for attending his oath-taking ceremony, Khan has lamented that those targeting the politician were doing a disservice to peace in the subcontinent.
From his official Twitter, today twice inviting India to dialogue and pursue peace, he included a note of gratitude to long time friend Navjot Singh Siddu for attending his oath taking on a special invitation.
In this regard, aaddressing sections of the Indian media, politicians and civil society who have been criticising Sidhu for visiting Pakistan, Imran Khan deplored that “Those in India who targeted him [Sidhu] are doing a great disservice to peace in the subcontinent” Moreover, praising Siddu, the Prime Minister said that “He (Siddu) was an ambassador of peace and was given amazing love and affection by people of Pakistan.”
Making a strong appeal to revive dilalogue between two neighbours, Khan asseretd that “To move forward, Pakistan and India must dialogue and resolve their conflicts, including Kashmir.” He further added that the best way to alleviate poverty and uplift the people of the subcontinent is to resolve our differences through dialogue and start trading.