Indian Defence Minister hits out at Navjot Sidhu - General Bajwa hug

Indian Defence Minister hits out at Navjot Sidhu - General Bajwa hug
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NEW DELHI - Indian Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has said that Navjot Singh Sidhu’s gesture of hugging Pakistan’s army chief “impacted soldiers back home” and asserted that he could have “avoided it”, *Hindustan Times* reported on Tuesday.

Cricketer-turned-politician Sidhu had courted controversy in India by hugging Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa during his visit to Pakistan for the swearing-in of Imran Khan as prime minister.

He had claimed that he did so as Gen Bajwa told him that the Pakistani government was working to open the Kartarpur corridor for Sikh pilgrims from Indian Punjab.

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