Says he should have not shown affection towards Bajwa
Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh has criticised his cabinet minister Navjot Singh Sidhu for hugging Pakistan Army Chief Qamar Javed Bajwa at Imran Khan’s swearing-in ceremony in Islamabad.
According to reports from Chandigarh, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh spoke to media on Tuesday shortly after Sidhu returned from Pakistan. He said “It was wrong for him to have shown the affection towards the Pakistan Army Chief.”
Singh further said, “Everyday our jawans are getting martyred. To hug their Chief General Bajwa…I am against this. The fact is that the man should understand that our soldiers are being killed every day.”
In more emotional tone the Chief Minister said, “My own regiment lost one Major and 2 jawans a few months ago and everyday somebody is being shot and whether the man who pulled the trigger is to blame or the man who gives the order which is the chief, and the chief is General Bajwa.”
The Punjab Chief Minister clarified that said he was not against attending Imran Khan’s swearing-in ceremony as Sidhu, being a former cricketer, did in his personal capacity.
“About him being seated next to the PoK President, maybe he (Sidhu) didn’t know who he was…But as far as hugging the Pakistan Army Chief is concerned I am not in its favour. It was wrong for him to have shown the affection towards the Pakistan Army Chief,” he said.
BJP has criticised Punjab Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu for both the counts: having been seated next to PoK President Masood Khan and hugging Pakistan army chief Qamar Javed Bajwa.
On Sunday, BJP spokesman Sambit Patra and senior party leader Subramaniam Swami criticised Sidhu for his behaviour in Pakistan. Swami had, before the visit, had alleged Navjot losing mental balance and advised him not to go to Pakistan, which will, according to him, spol his political career.
On Saturday, BJP activists held protest demonstration against Navjot Singh Sidhu in Ludhiana shouting fiery slogans.
The Indian government doesn’t recognise Masood Khan and holds that no elected Indian representative should share a platform with him.
Meanwhile Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), a BJP ally in the state, had also criticised the ruling Congress party, saying it had had been criticising the central government over the alleged rising number of deaths of security personnel at the border. Now Congress should explain to the “controversial visit” of its own leader, the party said.