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  • It was just a hug, not Rafale deal: Navjot Singh Sidhu hits back at Nirmala Sitharaman

    Chandigarh: Asserting that his hug to Pakistan’s army chief has been blown out of proportion, Punjab minister Navjot Singh Sidhu targeted the BJP on Wednesday saying it was just a “jhappi” (hug) and “not a Rafale deal”. The cricketer-turned-politician’s Congress party has been attacking the BJP-led government at the Centre over the Rafale fighter jet deal and alleged a scam worth several crore rupees in the matter.

  • Navjot Singh Sidhu could have avoided hugging Pakistan Army chief: Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman

    New Delhi: Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said Tuesday that Navjot Singh Sidhu’s gesture of hugging Pakistan’s army chief impacted soldiers back home and asserted that the Punjab minister could have “avoided it”. Cricketer-turned politician Sidhu had courted controversy by hugging Pakistan Army chief Qamar Javed Bajwa during his visit to Pakistan for the swearing-in of Imran Khan as Prime Minister.

  • Navjot Singh Sidhu betrayed us, played with sentiments: Harsimrat Kaur Badal on Kartarpur Sahib row

    New Delhi: Union Minister of Food Processing Industries, Harsimrat Kaur Badal on Tuesday launched a scathing attack on Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu over his claims that Pakistan is willing to open the Kartarpur Sahib corridor. Harsimrat’s comments come in the wake of External Affairs Minister (EAM) Sushma Swaraj issuing a clarification earlier on Tuesday, saying that there has been no official communication from the Pakistani government for establishing the corridor that

  • ‘No comment’: Navjot Singh Sidhu refuses to comment on Bajwa’s ‘bloodshed’ remark

    Chandigarh: Punjab minister Navjot Singh Sidhu claimed Friday that Pakistan has decided to allow Sikh pilgrims direct access to the historic Kartarpur Sahib gurdwara just across the border. Sidhu’s claim, based on a media report, came on a day when television channels showed Pakistan army chief Qamar Javed Bajwa hailing militancy in Kashmir and vowing to avenge the deaths of his country’s soldiers. Sidhu flatly refused to comment

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    Navjot Singh Sidhu hug row: BJP youth wing stage protest

    Thane: BJP youth wing activists burnt posters of Punjab minister Navjot Singh Sidhu on Wednesday for hugging Pakistan Army chief during his visit to that country in Bhiwandi town in Thane district. The protest was held at Dhamankar Naka in the powerloom town, around 20 kms from here.

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    Shatrughan Sinha defends Sidhu on hug row, says even PM Modi and Vajpayee hugged Pakistanis

    Kolkata: Under attack for hugging Pakistan’s Army chief, Punjab minister Navjot Singh Sidhu received support from BJP leader Shatrughan Sinha who said Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Narendra Modi had hugged their Pakistani counterparts during their visits to that country. Sinha said Sidhu had already made himself clear on the issue and “I don’t think there is any scope for any controversy”.

  • Navjot Singh Sidhu’s hug to Pakistan army chief Bajwa turns into controversy

    Punjab chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh has done well to publicly tick off his Cabinet minister Navjot Singh Sidhu for the latter hugging the Pakistan army chief Qamar Javed Bajwa during the swearing-in ceremony of Imran Khan as Prime Minister. Sidhu claimed he went to Islamabad for the ceremony at the invitation of Khan, a fellow ex-cricketer, though both Sunil Gavaskar and Kapil Dev, far more successful players than Sidhu, had declined

  • Shiv Sena slams Navjot Singh Sidhu for visiting Pakistan, hugging Army chief

    Mumbai: The Shiv Sena lashed out today at Punjab minister Navjot Singh Sidhu for visiting Pakistan and hugging its Army chief, dubbing it as “heights of shamelessness”. It also took a dig at the BJP, saying Sidhu was not labelled a traitor, even though people were termed “anti-national” for opposing demonetisation and criticising Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The cricketer-turned-politician was among the special guests present on Saturday at Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan’s oath

  • Sidhu under Oppn fire for Pak visit, BJP calls it ‘shameful’

    Chandigarh : The opposition in Punjab on Saturday targeted Navjot Singh Sidhu for attending the swearing-in ceremony of Imran Khan as Pakistan’s PM, with the BJP describing his visit to Islamabad as “shameful”. It also asked the cricketer-turned-politician whether it was necessary to visit Pakistan at a time when India was mourning the demise of former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

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    Imran Khan sworn in as new Pakistan Prime Minister; Sidhu, Wasim Akram present at ceremony

    Islamabad: Imran Khan was sworn in as Pakistan’s new prime minister today, officially taking over the charge of power in the corruption affected country nearly 22 years after the former cricket hero entered politics. Khan, 65, the chairman of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), was administered the oath of office by President Mamnoon Hussain at a simple ceremony held at the Aiwan-e-Sadr (the President House) in Islamabad.

  • Navjot Singh Sidhu applies for govt’s permission to visit Pakistan to attend Imran Khan’s oath ceremony

    New Delhi: Cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu, who was at the Pakistan High Commission in Delhi earlier in the day, said that he has applied for government permission and sought political clearance from the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), ahead of his visit to Pakistan to attend the swearing-in ceremony of Prime Minister-designate Imran Khan.