Punjab cabinet minister Navjot Singh Sidhu on Tuesday said his visit to Pakistan was a tribute to former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, who wanted peace between the two countries.
Sidhu also slammed those who criticised him for hugging the Pakistan Army chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa. He clarified that Bajwa met him barely for a minute before the swearing-in of Prime Minister Imran Khan.
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He did not meet him later, former cricketer added.
Sidhu said, in Pakistan, he received a lot of love and affection and added that he went to the country at the invitation and repeated reminders from PM Khan.
Meanwhile, PM Imran Khan came in defence of Sidhu.
“I want to thank Sidhu for coming to Pak for my oath taking. He was an ambassador of peace & was given amazing love & affection by people of Pak. Those in India who targeted him are doing a great disservice to peace in the subcontinent - without peace our people can't progress,” Pak PM tweeted.