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“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.

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