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'Going to Pakistan as a goodwill ambassador, says Sidhu at Wagah border

By Chennabasaveshwar

Wagah, Aug 17: Punjab Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu has left for Pakistan to attend the swearing-in ceremony of PM-designate Imran Khan on Friday. Sidhu has been invited for Imran Khan's swearing in ceremony tomorrow.

Navjot singh Sidhu

Navjot Sidhu at Attari-Wagah border, said, " I am going to Pakistan as a goodwill ambassador. I am going there with the hope that relations between our two nations will improve."

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After he applied for the visa at the Pakistan High Commission and to discussed formalities for attending the oath taking ceremony. Sidhu said, "There are some formalities for which I am here, I have applied for government permission. Everything depends on India government's permission now."

He was among the first cricketers from India to congratulate Imran Khan after his party emerged as the single-largest party following the July 25 elections in the neighbouring country.

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Sidhu's decision to attend ceremony has not gone down well with BJP MP Subramanian Swamy. He said that the Punjab Minister will not go to Islamabad if he has even a 'little senility left'.

"Mujhe nahi lagta vo sthir dimag ke hain. Thoda bhi santulan dimag mein hai to Pakistan nahi jayenge. Ye unke liye rajnetik career mein bada nuksan hoga.Isko log gaddari samjhenge,koi maaf nahi karega (I do not think he has a stable mind. If he has even a little senility, he would not go to Pakistan. This will have a negative impact on his political career. People will consider him a traitor, no one will forgive him)," Swamy told ANI.

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