Punjab minister and former cricketer Navjot Singh Sidhu once again landed in controversy by attending Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan’s foundation laying ceremony for the Kartarpur corridor, amid India declining the invite for SAARC summit.
Union ministers Harsimrat Kaur Badal and Hardeep Singh Puri represented India during the ceremony. Pakistan Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa and Navjot Singh Sidhu were also present. While reciting poem praising Imran Khan, and said that violence must stop and peace should return to the region.
“Both the governments should realise that we have to move forward. My father used to tell me that Punjab Mail went till Lahore. I believe that it can go further till Peshawar, till Afghanistan,” said Sidhu addressing the gathering.
On this occasion, in his address Imran Khan condemned the scathing criticism faced by Navjot Singh Sidhu for attending his oath-taking ceremony. He also invited Siddu to contest in elections from Pakistan’s Punjab.
“I heard there was a lot of criticism of Sidhu when he went back after my oath-taking ceremony. I don’t know why he was criticised. He was just talking about peace & brotherhood. He can come and contest election here in Pakistan’s Punjab, he’ll win,” said Imran Khan.
The issue of Kartarpur Sahib Corridor came into the limelight after Sidhu visited Pakistan in August to attend the oath-taking ceremony of his cricketer-turned politician friend Khan as the prime minister of the country. India had initially proposed the corridor to Pakistan nearly 20 years ago.