At a time when the entire nation is outraged and plunged in mourning after the fidayeen attack on the CRPF convoy near Srinagar killing 44 jawans, Punjab cabinet minister Navjot Singh Sidhu could not help striking a jarring note by obliquely trying to absolve Pakistan at large of its responsibility in the heinous incident.As if the nation had forgotten the “warm” hug he had received from the Pakistan Army chief Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa at the swearing-in function of Prime minister Imran Khan.
Subsequently, Sidhu’s lavish praise for his former cricketer friend Imran Khan was never lost on people back home, and every time Sidhu would sing paeans in praise of Pakistan and Imran Khan, he would make chief minister Capt Amarinder Singh and rest of his senior party leaders squirm. The chief minister’s resounding commitment to respect the sacrifice of soldiers on the J&K border has been always negated and offset by his cabinet colleague Navjot Singh Sidhu, who makes sure to bend over backwards to sing sonorously for Pakistan.
On the face of it, there is nothing wrong in loving thy neighbour, that too if there are strong cultural bonds. But to go overboard to hug the neighbour that has been bleeding the nation left and right was sure to evoke some strong ractions within.It may not much difference to Sidhu to get dropped out from the Kapil Sharma show, to get a wrap on the knuckles from his party colleagues, it is time the AICC puts a check on the lose cannon that Sidhu has been for the party, unless, of course, he carries a tacit consent from the high command to ruffle the feathers that may hurt the nation.
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