Singh said, "it was wrong for him to have shown the affection towards the Pakistan Army Chief."
Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Saturday slammed his minister Navjot Singh Sidhu for his act of hugging Pakistani Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa during Imran Khan’s swearing-in ceremony. Speaking to news agency ANI, Singh said, “it was wrong for him to have shown the affection towards the Pakistan Army Chief.”
“Everyday our jawans are getting martyred… to hug their Chief General Bajwa…I am against this,” Singh, who is a retired Army Captain, said. The fact is that the man should understand that our soldiers are being killed every day, Singh added.
The chief minister said that his own regiment lost one major and 2 jawans a few months ago, adding, “everyday somebody is being shot and whether the man who pulled the trigger is to blame or the man who gives the order which is the chief, and the chief is General Bajwa.”
#WATCH: Punjab CM Capt Amarinder Singh reacts on #NavjotSinghSidhu hugging Pakistan Army Chief Qamar Javed Bajwa during Pakistan PM Imran Khan’s swearing-in ceremony yesterday, says ‘It was wrong for him to have shown the affection towards the Pakistan Army Chief’ pic.twitter.com/WcVSYcqGlN
— ANI (@ANI) August 19, 2018
He also slammed Sidhu for saying he doesn’t know about General Bajwa. “To say that ‘I don’t know General Bajwa…it is written on their uniform… that’s wrong for him (Sidhu) to have shown the affections he did for the Pakistan Army Chief,” Singh said.
On Saturday, Sidhu was the only Indian who attended Khan’s swearing-in ceremony. The cricketer turned politician defended hugging Bajwa by posing a counter-question.
“If someone (Pak army chief) comes to me and says that we belong to the same culture and that we’ll open the route to Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib (in Pakistan) on first Sikh Guru, Guru Nanak Dev’s 550th birth anniversary, what else I could do?” he said while speaking to reporters.