(Reacts to Sidhu eulogizing Imran, says such activities could become a threat to peace and communal harmony in Punjab)
(Asks Gandhi family to explain Sidhu’s actions, also asks Cong to apologize to Pbis for Sidhu’s remarks)
Chandigarh, November 20 – Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) President Sukhbir Singh Badal today said Punjab Pradesh Congress President Navjot Singh Sidhu was repeatedly insulting and demoralizing the country’s soldiers who were guarding our borders with Pakistan as well as its citizens who were suffering from Pak ISI’s policy of narco-terrorism by constantly eulogizing Pak Prime Minister Imran Khan.
In a statement here, the SAD President said it was shocking that Sidhu continued to refer to Imran Khan, who had been propped up by the Pak military establishment and was a puppet of the ISI, as an elder brother. “This is not the first time that Sidhu has cozied up to the ISI. Earlier also during his maiden visit to Pakistan he embraced Pak General Qamar Javed Bajwa despite knowing that the latter was engaged in a proxy war with India in Kashmir which has led to the martyrdom of hundreds of Punjabi soldiers. Now again Sidhu has gone out of the way to praise Imran Khan whose government is actively engaged in stirring up unrest in Punjab. This is most condemnable. Sidhu should desist from such activities which can only harm Punjab and become a threat to peace and communal harmony in the State”.
Sukhbir Badal also asked the Gandhi family to explain Sidhu’s actions. He said Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi had supported Sidhu to the hilt and had even promoted him as Pradesh Congress President. “They should explain whether Sidhu’s utterances are of his own accord or whether he speaks for the Gandhi family. Punjabis want to know whether the Gandhi family, which has earlier also sowed the seeds of terrorism in the State and was also responsible for the attack on Sri Harmandir Sahib as well as the 1984 genocide of Sikhs, is again fomenting trouble in the State”.
Badal said the SAD would stand as a bulwark against any such nefarious conspiracies to spoil the peace of Punjab. “We will not let outside elements create trouble in the State at any cost and appeal to Punjabis to snub anti-national forces”.
The SAD President also asked Congress party to apologize to the proud soldiers of Punjab who were guarding the frontier against Pakistan as well as Punjabis who were bearing the brunt of the narco-terrorism policy of the ISI. “The country is above all else. We should not let anyone weaken it at any cost. The Congress party should immediately disassociate itself from Navjot Sidhu’s remarks”, he added.