“Efforts for peace have been made in the past as well. The late Vajpayeeji had taken the ‘dosti bus’ to Lahore and invited Musharraf. PM Modi invited Nawaz Sharif to his oath-taking ceremony. He also went to Lahore without a plan... No one is questioning PM Modi.”
Under fire, Punjab minister NAVJOT SINGH SIDHU sought to defend himself in front of reporters with a convoluted explanation for the exuberant warmth he displayed at Imran Khan’s swearing-in as Pakistan’s 22nd PM on August 18. His embrace of the Pakistani army chief has turned into a political squall, with even the families of soldiers killed in action criticising the gesture. Despite his injudicious comparisons with the official diplomatic efforts of prime ministers past and present, Sidhu’s bonhomie as a private citizen was not out of place. Surely the presentation of, at worst, naive enthusiasm as unpatriotic is excessive.