Islamabad: Pakistan newly elected Prime Minister Imran Khan has defended his an old friend and Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu for attending his swearing-in ceremony. Sidhu has been in the middle to the storm for attending the PTI chief's oath-taking ceremony.
Imran Khan issued a statement and said, "I want to thank Sidhu for coming to Pakistan for my oath taking. He was an ambassador of peace and was given amazing love and affection by people of Pakistan. Those in India who targeted him are doing a great disservice to peace in the subcontinent - without peace, our people can't progress."
Amarinder Singh, who has not shared the best of ties with his minister, had earlier ticked off Sidhu publicly saying "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 every day. My own regiment lost one major and two jawans a few months ago," the Chief Minister had said.
The BJP also criticised his visit. BJP spokesperson Samit Patra said, "He tried to implicate India in some way. He tried to say India is not the one who takes peace and prosperity. Who gives him the license to say all that but Rahul Gandhi."