Terrorism has no religion, no nation, says Navjot Singh Sidhu, favours talks with Pak, faces fire

FEBRUARY 15, 2019

Pulwama terror attack: At least 40 CRPF paramilitary troopers were killed yesterday in one of the deadliest terror attacks in three decades of Kashmir’s insurgency.

– A CRPF convoy of 70 vehicles was targeted by an explosives-laden SUV that was being driven by a Jaish suicide bomber
– A host of other domestic and international leaders have condemned the terror attack
– Rahul Gandhi said the entire opposition stands in solidarity with security forces and government

A day after 40 CRPF jawans were martyred when explosive-laden SUV rammed into one of the buses out of a 70-vehicle CRPF convoy in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district, Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu said: “Terrorism has no religion, no nation”. Sidhu also said only talks can resolve India’s differences with Pakistan.

Sidhu’s comment is in sharp contrast to what his party chief Rahul Gandhi had to say on Pulwama attack earlier in the day.

Rahul Gandhi on Friday condemned the dastardly attack in Pulwama and said the entire Opposition stands with the government and the security forces.

An emotional Rahul Gandhi said: “This is a time of mourning, sadness, and respect. We are fully supporting the govt of India and our security forces. We are not going to get into any other conversation apart from this.”

Attacking Sidhu for he what he deemed an “inappropriate comment”, retired Major General GD Bakshi said Sidhu has not faced what the CRPF has, what men in uniform routinely do in conflict areas. Bakshi called Sidhu’s comment “shameful”.

Sidhu had courted controversy earlier for visiting Pakistan for Imran Khan’s oath-taking ceremony and his controversial hug with Pakistan Army General Qamar Javed Bajwa.

Not just rival BJP, Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh had categorically said he was against the gesture Sidhu showed to the Pakistan Army Chief.

Once again, when the entire nation is mourning the loss of lives in Pulwama, Navjot Singh Sidhu’s comments have generated a heated debate.

Source: Indiatoday.in

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