Navjot Sidhu gives a clarification on sitting beside PoK President
He was the only Indian to attend the oath-taking ceremony of Imran Khan.
Updated - Aug 19, 2018 4:58 pm
Former Indian cricketer Navjot Sidhu has faced a lot of heat for attending the swearing-in ceremony of Imran Khan as Pakistan’s Prime Minister. Along with him Sunil Gavaskar and Kapil Dev were also invited by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf but the duo declined the invitation citing different reasons. However, Sidhu’s attending the ceremony hasn’t gone down well with many and the controversy has been created after he sat beside PoK President Masood Khan for the event.
The cricketer-turned-politician also gifted a Kashmiri Shawl to Imran after he met him in Islamabad. Moreover, he also went on say that he has brought the message of love to Pakistan from its neighbouring country and hoped that the relations between the two countries improve soon. Meanwhile, Haryana Minister Anil Vij was not at all pleased with him and requested Punjab Chief Minister to take strict action over him.
“At a time when most of the leaders of the ruling as well as opposition parties were present in Delhi to pay their tributes to Vajpayee, Mr Sidhu was “enjoying Khan’s celebration” in Islamabad,” he had said while also calling Sidhu’s actions as an ‘act of disloyalty’ towards the country.
Navjot Sidhu came up with a clarification about him sitting next to PoK President during the oath-taking ceremony and has defended himself. He was of the opinion that as a guest of honour one is entitled to sit where the hosts want him to and also cleared that he was earlier sitting somewhere else.
“If you’re invited as a guest of honour somewhere, you sit wherever you are asked to. I was sitting somewhere else but they asked me to sit there,” he was quoted as saying by ABP News. Sidhu had also come under the radar for hugging Pakistan‘s Army Chief during the ceremony.