At Kartarpur border, Navjot Singh Sidhu calls Imran Khan ‘bada bhai’, attracts BJP fireplace

Punjab Congress president Navjot Singh Sidhu was on the centre of a brand new row Saturday after he known as Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan his “bada bhai” (elder brother) who had showered him “a lot of love”.

Sidhu made this comment Saturday morning whereas being greeted by a Pakistani official on the Kartarpur Corridor border crossing. He visited the Gurdwara at Kartarpur Sahib, accompanied by Punjab Sports minister Pargat Singh, Revenue Minister Aruna Chaudhary, a number of Congress MLAs and an MP.

When Mohammad Latif, Chief Executive Officer of the Project Management Unit of Gurdwara Darbar Sahib, Kartarpur, mentioned he was welcoming Sidhu on behalf of Prime Minister Imran Khan and the Pakistani nation, Sidhu mentioned: “I am honoured. Mera bada bhai hai, Usne bada pyar diya hai (He is my elder brother. He has given a lot of love).”

The BJP slammed Sidhu for his comment on Imran Khan. BJP nationwide common secretary Tarun Chugh mentioned “Sidhu is Congress’s agent for Pakistan”.

In a press release, Chugh mentioned it’s most unlucky for Punjab and the nation that Sidhu, whereas in Pakistan, has no phrases of reward for his motherland, and is as an alternative singing reward of the Pakistan Prime Minister who has been “sending drones and tiffin bombs” to Punjab.

“Sidhu is more in love with Pakistan than India and is behaving like a Pakistan agent in Punjab here. AICC president Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi should explain their party’s stand on Pakistan,” Chugh mentioned.

He mentioned it’s “grossly condemnable and reprehensible” that on the one hand, Pakistan has been “killing our jawans” on the border, and however, Congress leaders have been singing reward of the Pakistan Prime Minister.

(In New Delhi, BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra additionally focused the Congress, alleging that it sees terror teams like ISIS and Boko Haram in Hindutva whereas it finds a “bhai jaan” in Khan.)

Sidhu and the Congress delegation have been showered with rose petals, garlanded and escorted to the Pakistan immigration verify publish the place Sidhu was flooded with requests for pictures and selfies by Pakistan Rangers personnel and immigration employees. He obliged each one earlier than continuing to the Gurdwara just a few kilometres down the highway.

In August 2018, Sidhu was criticised by Captain Amarinder Singh, then Chief Minister of Punjab, and the BJP management for hugging Pakistan Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa in Islamabad. Sidhu was a particular visitor of Imran Khan on the ceremony for his swearing-in as Prime Minister. Their friendship dates again to their cricketing days.

Before he crossed over to Pakistan Saturday, Sidhu, responding to a question from The Sunday Express about aspersions forged on his position within the growth of the Kartarpur Sahib hall, mentioned these remarks don’t hassle him.

“They make me stronger. If the Guru has chosen me to help in some small way so that millions of Guru Nanak’s followers can reach his abode in Kartarpur, then what can be a bigger honour,” he mentioned.

At the Gurdwara in Kartarpur Sahib, Sidhu was mobbed by Pakistanis, together with Hindus visiting in massive numbers from Sukkur in Sindh. Speaking to them, Sidhu thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan for having taken the initiative to determine the Kartarpur Corridor.

“But why should not the two Punjabs have closer ties? We have the same language, culture and mannerisms, so why should we have to indulge in trade in a roundabout manner? There is 37 billion dollar worth of trade which can be done by the two countries along with Central Asian republics. I want this to happen for the prosperity of the two countries and for three crore Punjabis,” he mentioned.

Sidhu was invited to say just a few phrases together with CEO Mohammad Latif, however he declined saying he didn’t wish to make any political speech whereas on a pilgrimage. Speaking in Punjabi, the Pakistani official additionally mentioned that re-opening of the hall was a credit score to the governments of the 2 international locations. “Tuhadey layi saaddey dar vee khulle ne, ghar vee khulle ne te dil vee khulle me (For you, our doors are open, homes are open and hearts are open too),” he mentioned.

Sidhu spent half an hour meditating within the Gurdwara. As he headed for the langar, he was once more mobbed by younger Pakistanis who chanted his punchline, ‘Thoko Taali’, from a TV comedy present.

On his return to India, Sidhu dismissed the uproar over his remarks on Imran Khan, saying some folks have been concentrating on petty points whereas there have been greater issues to contemplate.

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