New Delhi: Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu on Thursday denied knowing Gopal Singh Chawla, a Khalistani terrorist with whom a picture of his went viral on social media earlier today. He added that there were thousands of pictures clicked of him/with him, and he could not possibly keep account of every one of them. After returning to India from his Pakistan visit, Sidhu said, “There were probably 5-10,000 pictures taken of and with me there(in Pakistan), I don’t know who is Gopal Chawla.”
Notably, Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu landed up in controversy after a photo of him posing with Gopal Singh Chawla was uploaded on social media by the latter. Chawla, a senior leader of Pakistan Sikh Gurudwara Prabhandak Committee (PSGPC), is known as a pro-Khalistan voice. His involvement is also suspected in the recent attack on a Nirankari gathering in Amritsar in which three persons were killed. His presence at Kartarpur corridor event came as a last-minute surprise for India.
Following the controversy, Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) chief Sukhbir Singh Badal hit out at Sidhu, saying, he doesn’t follow protocol and thinks everything is a laughter challenge.
Furthermore, the Sikh militant was also seen shaking hands with Pakistan Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa at the same event. He was also seen posing with the Pakistan PM and Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) chief Gobind Singh Longowal. “Indian media taking a myopic view is selectively showing Mr Gopal Singh meeting COAS. Army Chief met all guests at the venue irrespective of identity. A peace initiative should not be subjected to propaganda,” ISPR DG Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor tweeted.
Furthermore, the Congress leader also spoke about Ind-Pak ties, and said it was high time that India and Pakistan work towards improving Indo-Pak relations. The Congress minister further said that both the countries should keep aside trivial matter and talk about the matter, adding, “mountains can be moved if people agree to talk.”