BJP Is Tar­get­ing Sidhu for No Strong Rea­son

The Day After - - OPEN HOUSE - Ran­jeet Singh, Chandigarh

The BJP has a knack for cre­at­ing a con­tro­versy where there is none. The lat­est ex­am­ple is Navjot Singh Sidhu’s visit to Pak­istan and his praise of its Prime Min­is­ter Im­ran Khan. The same hap­pened dur­ing Im­ran Khan’s swear­ing-in cer­e­mony when Sidhu hugged Pak­istani army chief Qa­mar Javed Ba­jwa. The right-wing TV chan­nels went to the ex­tent of calling Sidhu anti-na­tional and a Pak­istan sup­porter. In mat­ters of for­eign pol­icy, it has al­ways been ad­vis­able to speak less and be very guarded. But such lessons have been thrown in the dust­bins and speak­ing more is con­sid­ered to be a virtue in diplo­macy these days. If Sidhu is to be con­demned, then how will Prime Min­is­ter Modi’s para-troop­ing in La­hore in De­cem­ber 2015 unan­nounced, hug­ging then Pak Prime Min­is­ter Nawaz Sharif is jus­ti­fied.

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