New Delhi, August 19: Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Sunday hit out at his cabinet minister and Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu for embracing Pakistan Army Chief Qamar Javed Bajwa saying ‘he was not in favour’ of Congress minister’s action. Talking to reporters, Singh said, “As far as hugging the Pakistan Army Chief is concerned I am not in its favour. It was wrong for him to have shown the affection towards the Pakistan Army Chief at a time when our soldiers are being martyred.”
Referring to the continuous ceasefire violation by Pakistan Army along LoC, Singh further stated, ” It was wrong to ‘show affection to the man who give orders’ to kill Indian soldiers. Everyday our jawans are getting martyred. To hug their Chief General Bajwa…I am against this. The fact is that the man should understand that our soldiers are being killed everyday.”
The Punjab CM also distanced himself from Sidhu’s decision to attend Imran Khan’s swearing-in ceremony as Pakistan Prime Minister. He said,”As far as attending the swearing-in ceremony is concerned, he went there in his personal capacity so it has nothing to do with us. About him being seated next to the PoK President, maybe he (Sidhu) didn’t know who he was.”
Earlier, the Bharatiya Janata Party minority morcha leader from Amroha had demanded a capital punishment for Sidhu for hugging Pakistan Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa.
Launching a scathing attack on the Congress party over Sidhu’s gesture, BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra had said,”It is no less than a crime that a Congress member and cabinet minister in Punjab government went to Pakistan for the swearing-in ceremony of Prime Minister Imran Khan and acted in a certain way.”