Captain Amarinder Singh on Tuesday during an interview with the Republic TV's editor-in-chief Arnab Goswami said that his entire cabinet has supported his decision to not go to Pakistan for the foundation stone-laying ceremony of Kartarpur Corridor.
"The entire cabinet has today supported what I've said. Entire Punjab is supporting", he said.
The Punjab chief minister had on Sunday declined Pakistan’s Foreign Minister’s invitation to attend the foundation stone laying for the Kartarpur Corridor on the other side of the border, citing continued terrorist attacks in his state and killings of Indian soldiers by Pakistan armed forces. The chief minister stated this in a press release.
In a letter to Pakistan's Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi, the chief minister has welcomed the historic occasion, which he described as the cherished desire of the Sikhs around the world, but said he must most reluctantly, however, regret his inability to be present.
He also expressed his happiness that the Kartarpur Corridor was opened.
"I don't know what negotiations went on with the Pakistan government, but this request for the corridor had been pending for a long time. I had spoken to then President Musharraf about in 2004. Since we've come into government in the state, I've spoken to PM Modi and Sushma Swaraj. We're all happy about it. It's a great occasion that this is happening. Sadly, the Pakistani Army continues its viciousness in our country."
The Punjab CM had said that he disapproved Sidhu hugging Pakistan Army Chief Gen Bajwa.
"I don't know why he has a habit of doing such things. He's been on camera so often, he says these things. I said on his hug to Bajwa -- I told him this is not your business to do this, because everyday we lose soldiers. Even today we lost a Jawan. These things are happening all the time. It's Bajwa giving the orders. And then he goes and hugs this sort of a character," he said.