Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh in an interview with Republic TV's Editor-in-Chief Arnab Goswami on Tuesday clarified his stand on his Cabinet Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu. The Punjab Chief Minister maintained his line when it came to the remarks and actions of his minister Navjot Singh Sidhu, who has, over the space of the last few months, travelled to Pakistan to hug the Pak Army chief Qamar Javed Bajwa, repeatedly credited himself and Pak PM Imran Khan for the Kartarpur corridor and accepted the invitation to attend the foundation laying ceremony of Kartarpur corridor. Speaking on the matter, the Chief Minister said:
"You are Minister in the government and you are an Indian by the way. Indians don't encourage generals who attack India"
"I don't know why he has a habit of doing these things. Probably he has been on Camera so often that he says these things without thinking. But the thing is that I raise this point last time when he hugged General Bajwa. I told him this was no business of you to do because every day my soldiers are being shot. My own battalion lost a major and two Jawans a few weeks ago", he said.
"Things are happening all the time. Who has given these orders? Bajwa has given these orders. The policies carried out by Bajwa and the troops on-ground follow these instructions. And then you go and hug this sort of a character", he added.
The Punjab CM contrasted the actions of Sidhu with his own when he had gone to Pakistan while Atal Bihari Vajpayee was Prime Minister of India, and said:
"They ask all sorts of things. When you are in another country or another soil you profess India's policies. When I went last time Vajpayee Ji was the Prime Minister and I was asked many questions but I stuck to what was India's policies. And I think that is the way he should have done it but he gets carried away sometimes."
Punjab CM warned Pakistan and the ISI that his state wasn't their playground:
"They (Pakistan, terrorists) must understand that Punjab isn't their playground. We've busted 19 modules of terrorists, recovered 77 weapons and kilos of ammo. Grenades and such have been confiscated. Innocents have been killed. They killed 3 of our young people and injured 19 others", he said, raising the terror attack in Amritsar last week.