BJP flays Sidhu for singing laurels for Pakistan govt
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BJP flays Sidhu for singing laurels for Pakistan govt

New Delhi, Sep 7: BJP on Friday slammed Punjab minister and Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu for stating that he will 'bow his head' before the Pakistan government on the issue of opening the border with India for the access of Sikh pilgrims to Kartarpur Sahib Gurudwara.

Referring to Mr Sidhu's statement made earlier in the day in Chandigarh, BJP spokesperson Shahnawaz Hussain said, 'It is ironical Mr Sidhu is making such remarks on Pakistan when Pakistan Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa has said that Pakistan will "avenge the blood of its soldiers being shed at the border".

'Today, the manner in which Navjot Singh Sidhu is speaking, it gives the impression that these are the remarks of Congress party... As long as there is no clarification, we will continue to believe that Sidhu's statement has the endorsement of Congress president Rahul Gandhi'.

Mr Hussain told reporters that Mr Gandhi should issue a clarification and also alleged Congress has made it a regular affair to hurl insult on Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and show high regards for Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan.

'Such statements are painful,' he said. On Thursday, the Pakistan Army Chief sought to spark off a row by stating that he would 'salute the people of Kashmir who have stood firm and are fighting bravely'.

Meanwhile, according to media reports the Pakistan government is open to the idea of allowing Sikh pilgrims to visit Kartarpur Sahib Gurdwara, bordering Gurdaspur on the occasion of 550 birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Ji. (UNI)