Navjot Singh Sidhu hugs Pakistan Army chief Qamar Javed Bajwa at Imran Khan’s swearing in ceremony

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Indian cricketer-turned-politician and senior Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu triggered a massive controversy on Saturday after he hugged Pakistan Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa at the swearing-in ceremony of Imran Khan in Islamabad.

Sidhu exchanged pleasantries with General Bajwa and was seen chatting happily at the event.

Sidhu was allotted a seat next to President of Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK) Masood Khan at the swearing-in ceremony.

The Pakistan government instead of seating Sidhu with other foreign dignitaries positioned him next to Masood Khan in Aiwan-e-Sadr Hall of President’s House.

Before entering the President House, Sidhu said: “People like Khan Sahab (Imran Khan) create history. With this invitation, they have honored me. People who build relationships are respected, people who break them are disrespected and I am one of those who respect relationships. It’s a new dawn. This government has come to change this country’s perception, picture, and destiny, with high hopes and expectations”.

Former Indian cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu on Friday arrived in Lahore, Pakistan via the Wagah border from where he traveled to Islamabad to attend oath-taking ceremony of Imran Khan as Prime Minister.