Former cricketer and politician Navjot Singh Sidhu who was badly criticized for attending the swearing-in-ceremony of Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan receives another backlash for his indirector support to Pakistan.
While the country is fuming over the Pulwama terror attack, Navjot Singh Sidhu has sparked a fresh controversy with his statement. Though he has condemned the unfortunate incident which took the precious lives of 40 CRPF personnel, however, it’s his question on ‘blaming an entire nation [Pakistan]’ allowed some serious criticism.
Talking to reporters after the Punjab Assembly was adjourned for the day in solidarity with the CRPF soldiers killed in the Pulwama attack, Sidhu said, “It (the attack) is a cowardly act and I condemn it firmly. Violence is always condemnable and those who did it must be punished.”
Sidhu, who was among the invitees for the swearing-in ceremony of Imran Khan as Pakistan prime minister last year, however, posed, “For a handful of people, can you blame the entire nation and can you blame an individual?”
Igniting more anger, Sidhu sounded a discordant note saying the dialogue with Islamabad should continue. He said, “Wherever wars are fought and such things happen, dialogue also continues simultaneously. There is a need to find a permanent solution to (issues between India and Pakistan).”
His comments have turned the Indian citizens more furious. People took to their Twitter accounts and slammed the Punjab Cabinet Minister using the hashtag #boycottsidhu.
Here’re some of the reactions: