New Delhi, Aug 19: Pakistan Army Chief General Javed Bajwa walked up to Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu, prior to Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan’s oath-taking ceremony, and said, “we want peace”. “He will be taking the positive direction… and positive anything is better than negative nothing,” Sidhu told NDTV in an interview. Also Read - After Massive Uproar in Pakistan Over Gang-Rape Case, PM Imran Khan Suggests Chemical Castration & Public Execution For Rapists
Sidhu told the leading news channel that the three defence services chiefs were supposed to introduce themselves to the guests seated in the front row, where Sidhu was also sitting next to PoK President Masood Khan. Bajwa walked up to Sidhu and said, “I am a General who wanted to be a cricketer.” Also Read - Pakistan PM Imran Khan on Bilateral Series Against India, Says 'Terrible Atmosphere' to Resume Cricket Ties
“He said, Navjot, We want peace,” Sidhu quoted him as saying. The Congress leader further said that he (Bajwa) himself told him that they would open the corridor to Gurdwara Darbar Sahib at Kartarpur on Guru Nanak’s 500th birth anniversary this year. “We will even think of doing better things,” Sidhu quoted Bajwa. The small talk was followed by a hug which hasn’t gown down well with many here in India. Also Read - Watch | Pakistan Man Publicly Beaten & Arrested For Mocking Imran Khan Over Inclusion of Kashmir In New Map, Video Goes Viral
After the pictures of Sidhu and Bajwa’s hug went viral, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) launched a scathing attack on the Congress party leader’s visit to Pakistan and said that his visit was “no less than a crime”. “…cabinet minister in Punjab government went to Pakistan for the swearing-in ceremony of Prime Minister Imran Khan and acted in a certain way,” BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra said.
On Sidhu sitting next to Pok President, Patra said, “Navjot Singh Sidhu is not just an individual but also a member of a political party and a cabinet minister in the Punjab government. The Congress needs to answer some serious questions in this regard.” (Also Read: BJP Leader Demands Capital Punishment For Sidhu For Hugging Pak Army Chief)
“As per the protocol, Sidhu was not going to sit with PoK President. Initially, Masood Khan was sitting at the back but was later brought to the front and made to sit with Sidhu…Sidhu should have objected from sitting next to him,” Patra added.