Why hue and cry in In­dia over Sidhu’s Pak visit: Im­ran Khan

Asian Journal - - OPINION EDITORIAL -

Kar­tarpur: Pak­istan Prime Min­is­ter Im­ran Khan on Wed­nes­day show­ered ef­fu­sive praise on his friend from crick­et­ing days and Pun­jab min­is­ter Navjot Singh Sidhu and won­dered why there was a “hue and cry” in In­dia after his visit to Pak­istan three months ago with the mes­sage of friend­ship and love.

He also said Sidhu can win an elec­tion in Pun­jab in Pak­istan. “I heard there was a lot of crit­i­cism of Sidhu when he went back after my oath-tak­ing cer­e­mony. The man came up with friend­ship and love. What crime did he com­mit, I don’t know,” he won­dered speak­ing at the ground-break­ing cer­e­mony for the Kar­tarpur Cor­ri­dor project near the Kar­tarpur Sahib gur­d­wara, where Sikhism’s founder, Guru Nanak Dev, spent the last 18 years of his life.

Sidhu was caught in con­tro­versy after hug­ging Gen­eral Qa­mar Javed Ba­jwa dur­ing Khan’s swear­ing-n cer­e­mony and was crit­i­cised by the BJP and other right-wing or­gan­i­sa­tions.

Khan said that Sidhu is pop­u­lar in Pak­istan, spe­cially in the coun­try’s Pun­jab prov­ince. “He can con­test elec­tion, he will win,” he said.

Stat­ing that there is no other op­tion ex­cept friend­ship be­tween the two coun­tries, Khan said “hope­fully we will not have to wait for Sidhu to be­come Prime Min­is­ter for re­la­tions to im­prove”. In­dian lead­er­ship will take pos­i­tive steps, he hoped.

Im­ran Khan

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