New Delhi: Punjab Minister Navjot Sidhu and Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan’s camaraderie during the ground-breaking ceremony of Kartarpur corridor has become the talk of the town.
Union Minister for Human Resource and Development (HRD) Prakash Javadekar said that the most objectionable thing in the Punjab Minister’s Pakistan trip is that Sidhu referred to several domestic issues which aren’t the code of conduct in any diplomatic relations. Deeming it as a matter of serious concern, Javadekar said that Pakistan has been indulging in all kinds of cross-border terrorism and Sidhu shouldn’t treat it as a ‘laughter challenge’.
Criticising Sidhu’s love for his ‘friend’ Imran Khan, the Union Minister also added that Sidhu lauded the Pakistan PM more than what was required. “He praised Imran Khan more than what was due & praised him to the hilt,” Javadekar said.
India condemned Khan for raising the Kashmir issue during the opening of the Kartarpur Sahib Corridor. While slamming the Pak PM, the MEA made it clear that Jammu and Kashmir is an integral and inalienable part of India.
“It is deeply regrettable that the Prime Minister of Pakistan chose to politicise the pious occasion meant to realise the long pending demand of the Sikh community to develop a Kartarpur corridor by making unwarranted reference to Jammu and Kashmir which is an integral and inalienable part of India,” the Ministry of External Affairs said in a statement.
India further reminded Pakistan of taking “effective and credible action” against terror groups who are using its soil to launch dastardly attacks on the Indian territory.
For the unversed, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan while defending his ‘friend’ Sidhu claimed that if the Punjab Minister contested elections in Pakistan, he would win. Khan further said that he hoped that both India and Pakistan don’t have to wait for Sidhu to become the Indian PM for everlasting friendship between the two nations.