Islamabad, Aug 21: Pakistan New Prime Minister Imran Khan on Tuesday came out in support of Punjab Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu, who has been under fire for hugging Pakistan Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa during Khan's oath-taking ceremony.
Thanking the cricketer-turned-politician for attending his oath ceremony, Khan said, "Those in India who targeted him are doing a great disservice to peace in the subcontinent. Without peace our people cannot progress," he said.
On Friday, Khan was elected as the new Prime Minister of Pakistan by the lawmakers of the National Assembly, defeating his rival Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) candidate Shehbaz Sharif.
Sidhu, who shared space with the PoK President during Khan's oath-taking ceremony and hugged the Pakistan Army Chief, has drawn a flak and strong reactions from several quarters in India.
I want to thank Sidhu for coming to Pakistan for my oath taking. He was an ambassador of peace & was given amazing love & affection by ppl of Pakistan. Those in India who targeted him are doing a gt disservice to peace in the subcontinent - without peace our ppl cannot progress— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) August 21, 2018