India-Pakistan ties rest on a sensitive fuse that must not be tested to the indiscretions of individuals. The cavalier attitude adopted by the likes of Sidhu must not meddle with the issue
The cricketer-turned-politician's Congress party has been attacking the BJP-led government at the Centre over the Rafale fighter jet deal and alleged a scam worth several crore rupees in the matter.
When asked about Union minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal's claim that he was reprimanded by Swaraj during the meeting in Delhi on Monday, Sidhu refused to comment on the matter.
Cricketer-turned politician Sidhu had courted controversy by hugging Pakistan Army chief Qamar Javed Bajwa during his visit to Pakistan for the swearing-in of Imran Khan as Prime Minister.
Sidhu flatly refused to comment on Bajwa's remarks made during a Pakistan Day address, and pushed for talks with Islamabad.
Taking cognizance of the petition filed by advocate Sudhir Kumar Ojha, the Chief Judicial Magistrate Hari Prasad said he will personally look into the matter and fixed August 29 as the next date of hearing.
However, the Shriomani Akali Dal (SAD) president slammed the cricketer turned politician for his statement and alleged that it was a ploy to divert the attention from his controversial hug to Pakistan army chief Qamar Bajwa.
Diplomacy is prerogative of the Centre, he said and wondered whether the Gandhi scion is trying to run a parallel government.
In the video clip, Sanjay Jaat, district head of the Rashtriya Bajrang Dal, (break away group owning allegiance to Pravin Togadia), is seen venting his anger at Sidhu, whom he even calls a "traitor".
BJP does not have any problem with his Pakistan visit, but the former test cricketer has disrespected our martyrs by sitting beside Pakistan occupied Kashmir president.
Sidhu had attended the event in Pakistan on August 18. He was slammed by the Opposition and earned displeasure.
Slammed by opposition and earning displeasure even from his own chief minister, the cricketer turned politician said he hugged the Pakistan Army chief in an "emotional" moment.
In his complaint, Ojha contended that Sidhu's gesture of "hugging" Pakistan army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa has hurt his feeling and that of other Indians.
Whenever the reply has to be given, I will give and I will give it to all. It will be a strong reply Sidhu said.
It also asked the cricketer turned politician whether it was necessary to visit Pakistan at a time when India was mourning the demise of former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
Wearing a blue suit and a pink turban, Sidhu was among the special guests present at Khan's oath taking ceremony at the Aiwan-e-Sadr (the President House) in Islamabad today
Gulab Singh has said that Sidhu, being a Sikh himself, could "listen to another Sikh’s plights and help" him.
Wearing a blue suit and a pink turban, Sidhu arrived Lahore via the Wagah border from where he will travel to Islamabad to attend Khan's oath-taking ceremony.
Pakistan's prime minister-elect Imran Khan had called up Sidhu to extend invitation to his oath-taking ceremony in Islamabad on August 18.
"My personal opinion is that sportsmen break barriers. They unite people. I see a sportsman in great Imran khan and I see someone who will always do good to mankind. I have great hopes that relations will improve," Sidhu said.
"It is (a) great honour, I accept the invitation. Men of genius are admired, men of power are feared, but men of character are trusted. Khan Sahab is a man of character. He can be trusted. Sportsmen build bridges, break barriers, unite people," Sidhu said in a statement issued here.
A bench of Justices J Chelameswar and Sanjay Kishan Kaul said Sidhu is guilty of Section 323 (voluntarily causing hurt) of IPC and is fined Rs 1,000 for the offence.
Sidhu, who had quit the BJP and joined the Congress days before the Punjab assembly election last year, told a bench of Justices J Chelameswar and Sanjay Kishan Kaul that the "most baffling issue" in the case was with regard to the cause of death of the victim, Gurnam Singh.
The high court had held Sidhu guilty and sentenced him to three years in jail in 2006, but the Supreme Court had suspended the sentence a year later and granted him bail, allowing him to contest elections.
The party released a list of 40 campaigners, which includes OBC leader Alpesh Thakor, who recently joined the Congress.