Freshly elected Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Tuesday came to the rescue of Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu who is stuck in the middle of a controversy relating to the warm embrace he shared with the Pak Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa and on account of sitting with the President of Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK), Masood Khan, during Khan's swearing-in. Defending Sidhu's visit, Khan branded the former Indian cricketer as the 'ambassador of peace' and slammed 'those who targeted him'. In a series of tweets, Imran Khan also stressed on the 'need for dialogue between the two nations'.
A day after Republic TV confronted Navjot Singh Sidhu who was then unwilling to speak about his trip, the Congress leader held a news briefing where he offered nothing by way of apology for hugging Bajwa, under whose reign numerous terrorist attacks, incursions and ceasefire violations have caused death and destruction in India. Instead, Sidhu cited how his affection for Qamar Javed Bajwa had increased during the visit as a result of a brief exchange between them.
Further, Sidhu went on to state that he had his party's support:
"My leaders are with me", Sidhu said, before making it seem like not speaking to Pakistan, which unleashes violence on India and Indians either directly or indirectly every day, was a matter of India being small-hearted.