Sidhu talks of dialogue with Pakistan even after Pulwama attack

Chandigarh: While a suicide attack which killed 45 CRPF troopers evoked widespread condemnation and calls for action against Pakistan, Punjab cabinet Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu sounded a discordant note on Friday saying the dialogue with Islamabad should continue.

Sidhu, who takes every opportunity to harp on his friendship with Pakistan Prime Minister and former cricketer Imran Khan, said: “Wherever wars are fought and such things (Pulwama type attack) happen, dialogue also continues simultaneously. There is a need to find a permanent solution to (issues between India and Pakistan).

“Such people (terrorists) have no religion, no country, and no caste. When a snake bites, its antidote is also snake poison,” Sidhu said, justifying his take on the matter regarding dialogue between the two nuclear neighbors.

Sidhu condemned the Pulwama terror attack on the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) convoy on Thursday which killed 45 troopers but added that the entire nation (Pakistan) could not be blamed for the actions of a handful people.

“This (attack) should be condemned by all. For a handful of people, you cannot blame an entire nation. Those behind the attack must be punished,” Sidhu said.