Days after Navjot Sidhu’s ‘hugplomacy’, Pakistan Army Chief insults India
New Delhi: Days after Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu hugged Pakistan Army Chief Qamar Javed Bajwa in the neighbouring country, the latter has spewed venom against India. Bajwa reportedly said that his military was ready to ‘avenge the bloodshed on the border with India.’
Now, Javed Bajwa’s provocative remark against India renews Pakistan’s insecurity and show its desperate attempt to rake up Kashmir issue on every public forum.
“Our troops have made great sacrifices for the nation…We will not forget our troops who laid down their lives for this nation. We will avenge the blood of our soldiers being shed on the border,” General Bajwa said while addressing the Defence Day function.
Pak Army Chief’s latest Kashmir bogey
He also said the Pakistan Army learnt a lot from the 1965 and 1971 wars with India and has made the country’s defence impregnable by developing nuclear weapons.
Bajwa said Pakistan supported the people in Jammu and Kashmir in their “struggle for the right to self-determination”.
Pakistan observes September 6 as the Defence and Martyrs Day to mark the anniversary of the 1965 war with India.
‘No comments’, says Sidhu on Bajwa’s remark
Punjab minister Navjot Sidhu, who invited strong criticism for his warm embrace to Bajwa in Pakistan, refused to speak on the issue.
“No comments. The only way forward is talks. The only way forward is peace”, he said when questioned by media.
Sidhu said that Pakistani government’s decision to open the corridor of the Kartarpur Sahib pilgrimage for the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak is a big decision and there can be no bigger happiness than this for the people of Punjab.
Sidhu’s Pak trip and the controversy
Sidhu embracing Pak Army Chief, at Imran Khan’s swearing-in, drew flak from almost all political parties especially the BJP. His ‘hugplomacy’ wasn’t appreciated by Congress leadership either as it made them very uncomfortable and vulnerable.
“General Bajwa sahab hugged me and said ‘we want peace’. So, let’s swim in a blue ocean and shun the red ocean. It’s my dream,” Sidhu had told reporters after embracing the Pakistan Army chief.
Sidhu’s photo of him seated next to the President of Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK) Masood Khan at the ceremony had also triggered a huge controversy.