PM Imran Khan thanks Navjot Sidhu, gives a piece of advice to Indians

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PM Imran Khan thanks Navjot Sidhu, gives a piece of advice to Indians

NEW DELHI - Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan today waded into the row over Punjab Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu attending his oath ceremony, thanking him and describing him as an "ambassador or peace".

"Those in India who targeted him are doing a great disservice to peace in the subcontinent - without peace our people cannot progress," Imran Khan said in a tweet.

The tweet surfaced shortly after cricketer-turned-minister defended his visit to Pakistan and a hug shared with the Pakistani army chief.

Mr Sidhu, addressing days of criticism from rivals as well as his own party leaders, asserted that his visit was "not about politics", that he had gone on the invitation of an old friend.

He referred to peace gestures by former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who made an unscheduled trip to Lahore in 2015 on the prime minister Nawaz Sharif's birthday.