New Delhi: Union Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal on Sunday urged Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan to “walk the talk” on peace and take action against foreign minister Mehmood Qureshi imm for “politicising religious issue (Kartarpur corridor issue)” and “hurting feelings of Sikhs” by making a “googly” remark. The Union minister further asserted in her tweets to Imran Khan that his (Pakistan’s PM) commitment to peace should not just be a hollow promise.
“I urge Pak PM @ImranKhanPTI to take action against his minister for hurting sentiments of Sikhs and peace efforts by equating attendance at function at Sri Kartarpur Sahib with trapping India by bowling a googly. Nothing can be more disgusting than this. @ImranKhanPTI ji no one should be allowed to play with religious sentiments. Your commitment to peace should’nt be a hollow promise. Please walk the talk & take action against Mehmood Qureshi imm. for politicising religious issue to assuage hurt feelings of Sikhs (sic),” Harsimrat Kaur Badal said in a series of tweets.
It must be noted that Badal was one of the two central ministers who represented India at the groundbreaking ceremony for the Kartarpur border which would allow visa-free access to Indian pilgrims to Sahib gurdwara in Pakistan.
Furthermore, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Saturday asked Pakistan PM Imran Khan to clarify his Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi’s recent ‘googly’ comment. “I say the Pakistan PM must clarify his Foreign Minister’s comment saying Imran Khan threw a googly,” said Swaraj, while addressing a press conference in Jaipur.
Pak Foreign Minister’s Remark
On Thursday, while lauding Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan, Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi had said that the former bowled a “googly” to ensure Indian government’s presence at the groundbreaking ceremony of the Kartarpur Corridor event.
“Imran delivered a googly and India sent two ministers to Pakistan,” he said, using a cricketing term. A googly is a leg-spinner’s prize weapon, which is almost undetectable. Qureshi noted that it was the same Indian government that had said it will not engage with Pakistan.