Amritsar: After Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan lauded Punjab minister Navjot Singh Sidhu, Union Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal on Wednesday took a jibe at the cricketer-turned politician saying he has more love in the neighbouring country.
Sidhu was present at the groundbreaking ceremony of the Kartarpur corridor in Pakistan where Khan said the Punjab minister could win elections in his country.
“Khan offered Sidhu to fight elections in Pakistan. It seems Sidhu has more love and respect in Pakistan,” the Union minister said.
Khan, who represented Pakistan on the cricket field when Sidhu played for India, said he didn’t understand why the latter had courted controversy for attending Khan’s oath-taking ceremony as Prime Minister earlier this year.
“Someone who came with the message of friendship and love… what’s his crime?” he said. “And this is about the friendship between two countries, both of which are nuclear-armed.”
“It is foolish for anyone to think there can be war between two nuclear-armed countries as there is no winning for anyone. So, if there can be no war then what other way is there other than friendship?” Khan said. “So, what is Sidhu’s crime?”
Though External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj was invited to attend the ceremony in Pakistan, she declined to visit the neighbouring country and instead sent two Union Ministers, Badal and Hardeep Singh Puri.
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