New Delhi: Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amrinder Singh on Sunday slammed his fellow Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu for hugging Pakistani Army Chief General Bajwa during newly-elected Pak PM Imran Khan's swearing-in ceremony in Islamabad on Saturday.
"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. But 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," he said.
"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. My own regiment lost 1 Major and 2 jawans a few months ago and 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," he added.
The Punjab CM's statement came minutes after Navjot Singh Sindhu returned to India and while talking to media at the Attari-Wagah- border justified his hug to Bajwa.
"If someone (Pak Army Chief General Bajwa) comes to me and says that we belong to the same culture and we'll open Kartarpur border on Guru Nanak Dev's 550th Prakash Parv, what else I could do?," Sidhu said.
On sitting beside President of PoK Masood Khan in the front row at Pak PM Imran Khan's oath ceremony in Islamabad, Sidhu said:
"If you're invited as a guest of honour somewhere, you sit wherever you are asked to. I was sitting somewhere else but they asked me to sit there."