Defending his friend, Pakistan PM also describes the option to push dialogue and trade between the two neighboring countries. Just after the election viceroy of Mr. Khan, Indian PM Modi wrote him expressing country’s commitment, to “meaningful and constructive engagement.”
Punjab’s Congress Minister Mr. Sidhu for his visit has been targeted not just by BJP leaders but also by few of his Congress leaders. In the oath-taking ceremony of Pakistan new Prime Minister, Mr. Sidhu was offered the row seat next to PoK (Pakistan Occupied Kashmir) leader and he hugged Pakistan’s Army chief as well.
It was not expected that Mr. Khan’s gesture will silence critics, especially of Congress opposition party, BJP leaders who accused Mr. Singh of “trying to say that India doesn’t want peace and prosperity.”
Former Indian Cricketer Navjot Singh Sidhu already declared that his visit to Islamabad was “not about politics” but for the initiation, which he was offered by his friend on his oath-taking ceremony.
While he was on his bus trip to Lahore, Mr. Singh acknowledged his peace gesture by Former Prime Minister of India, Late Atal Bihari Vajpayee and also to Present PM Modi, who visit Lahore uncountable times in 2015 on the celebration of PM Nawaz Sharif’s birth anniversary.
Mr. Singh remarked that “no one is questioning PM Modi’s patriotism.”
“For peace and prosperity, such goodwill messages are necessary,” he added. He further responded that his act of hugging Qamar Javed Bajwa, Army Chief of Pakistan was just ‘emotion’.
He continued that “The Pak Army chief said they were making efforts to open a corridor from India’s Dera Baba Nanak to the historic Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib. What followed was an emotional moment.”
CM of Punjab, Amarinder Singh going public with the condemnation of the PDA when “soldier was dying every day at the border.” Mr. Sidhu replied that “it is not necessary that just because the Captain has spoken against me, I should too.”
Mocking at the responses of Punjab Congreve Chief Mr. Sidhu, BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra targets his party leader Rahul Gandhi, “We want an explanation not from Navjot Sidhu but Rahul Gandhi. What is happening, Rahul Gandhi? Are you opening a Pakistan desk?”