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Will give strong reply when needed: Sidhu on row over Pak Army chief hug

PTI
Published : Aug 20, 2018, 6:35 pm IST
Updated : Aug 20, 2018, 6:46 pm IST

Sidhu's comments come after Amarinder ticked off his cabinet colleague for hugging Pakistan Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa.

Sidhu had defended his action, asking what was he supposed to do when someone tells him that 'we belong to the same culture' and talks of opening the route to the historic Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib. (Photo: File)
 Sidhu had defended his action, asking what was he supposed to do when someone tells him that 'we belong to the same culture' and talks of opening the route to the historic Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib. (Photo: File)

Chandigarh: After drawing flak from Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh and the opposition for embracing the Pakistan Army chief, cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu said on Monday that he was prepared to give a strong reply to all when needed.

"Whenever the reply has to be given, I will give and I will give it to all... It will be a strong reply," Navjot Singh Sidhu, the only Indian to attend Imran Khan's swearing-in ceremony as Pakistan's prime minister, said in Chandigarh.

His comments come after Amarinder had on Sunday ticked off his cabinet colleague for hugging Pakistan Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa. "I think it was wrong for him (Sidhu) to have shown the affection he did for the Pakistan Army chief, I am not in its favour... The fact is that the man (Sidhu) should understand that our soldiers are being killed everyday. My own regiment lost one major and two jawans a few months ago," Amarinder Singh had said.

Read: Not in favour of Sidhu embracing Pak Army Chief: Punjab CM

On his return from Pakistan on Sunday, Sidhu had defended his action, asking what was he supposed to do when someone tells him that "we belong to the same culture" and talks of opening the route to the historic Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib.

Read: Navjot Singh Sidhu defends himself, says was asked to sit next to PoK leader

Meanwhile, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLA and ousted Leader of Opposition Sukhpal Singh Khaira on Monday defended Sidhu, saying the minister had done nothing wrong. "@sherryontopp has done nothing wrong by hugging Pak army chief, its d way Pbi's meet! I demand opening of corridor to Gurudwara Kartarpur Sahib. I also demand of opening of Indo-Pak border that'll immensely boost Pb's economy. There's no ill will between ppl its fight between govt's," Khaira tweeted.

Sidhu was among the special guests present at the oath-taking ceremony at the Aiwan-e-Sadr (the President House) in Islamabad on the invitation of Imran Khan.

Tags: navjot singh sidhu, amarinder singh, general qamar javed bajwa, sukhpal singh khaira
Location: India, Chandigarh, Chandigarh