Islamabad, Aug 21 : Urging India to enter into a dialogue to resolve conflicts including Kashmir , Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan thanked Punjab Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu for coming to Pakistan and attending his oath ceremony and described him as an “ambassador or peace”.
Imran Khan further stressed that Pakistan and India must enter into dialogue to resolve their conflicts including Kashmir so as to bring prosperity in the subcontinent.
“I want to thank Sidhu for coming to Pakistan for my oath taking. He was an ambassador of peace&was given amazing love&affection by people of Pakistan. Imran Khan said.
“Those in India who targeted him are doing a great disservice to peace in the subcontinent – without peace our people cannot progress,” Imran Khan said in a tweet.
“To move forward Pakistan and India must dialogue and resolve their conflicts including Kashmir. The best way to alleviate poverty and uplift the people of the subcontinent is to resolve our differences through dialogue and start trading, tweets Pakistan’s PM Imran Khan.
The tweet surfaced shortly after cricketer-turned-minister Navjot Singh Sidhu defended his visit to Pakistan and a hug shared with the Pakistani army chief.
Reacting to the criticism by the Narendra Modi ministers, Cricketer-turned-minister Navjot Singh Sidhu defended his visit to Pakistan and asked “Why no one is questioning PM Modi who hugged the then Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.
“I received invitation 10 times. Then I sought permission from Indian government, I didn’t get permission and was waiting. 2 days after Pakistan government gave visa, Sushma Swaraj Ji herself called me in the night & informed that I have been given permission,” Sidhu said
Clarifying on the controversies surrounding his hug with Pakistan Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa and sitting beside President of PoK Masood Khan, Navjot Singh Sidhu defended himself and said it was a gesture after Bajwa, who also belongs from the same culture, revealed that “Islamabad will open up Kartarpur border on Guru Nanak Dev’s 550th Prakash Parv.”
Sidhu pointed out that former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee had travelled on the bus to Lahore and Prime Minister Narendra Modi made an unscheduled trip to Lahore in 2015, on his way back from an official visit to Afghanistan and hugged then Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif but ” no one questioned “.
During that surprise stopover, he said, PM Modi had hugged then prime minister Nawaz Sharif.
“No one is questioning PM Modi,” he said.
“My seat was changed at the last minute. I was told just 5 minutes before ceremony that I was to be seated on front row. I sat wherever they made me sit,” Sidhu said.