Now, Harsimrat Badal urges Imran Khan to 'take action' against Pak Foreign Minister

12/2/2018

New Delhi, In an unprecedented move, Akali Dal leader and Union Food Processing Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal on Sunday urged Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan to take action against his Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi for "hurting sentiments of Sikhs" and using the word 'googly' vis-a-vis developments related to Kartarpur Corridor. "....Please walk the talk and take action against Mahmood Qureshi for politicising religious issue to assuage hurt feelings of Sikhs," Ms Badal tweeted. Mounting pressure on the Pakistani leadership, Ms Badal, who had visited Kartarpur on November 28, wrote in a series of tweets: "I urge Pak PM Imran Khan to take action against his minister for hurting sentiments of Sikhs and peace efforts by equating attendance at function at Sri Kartarpur Sahib with trapping India by bowling a googly". "Nothing can be more disgusting than this," she said. In another missive, she said: "....no one should be allowed to play with religious sentiments. Your commitment to peace should not be a hollow promise. Please walk the talk & take action against Mehmood Qureshi for politicising religious issue to assuage hurt feelings of Sikhs". The row over 'googly' remarks by Mr Qureshi on Kartarpur developments is far from over as another Sikh Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri cautioned Pakistan that if Islamabad persisted with their hitherto known policies, the goodwill generated after Kartarpur Corridor will be "undone". "I concur with PM Narendra Modi's view that corridor initiative, anchored in hope, is like the fall of the Berlin wall. There can be goodwill, but if friends on other side persist with policies where they stand exposed then it would be undone," Mr Puri tweeted. In another missive, Mr Puri, also a former diplomat, said Congress leader and Punjab Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu, who more often appreciates Imran Khan's India policy, should "do some serious introspection and if I were in his place, I would do some anguished introspection". "I think he (Sidhu) is being used. I am not entirely convinced that the nature of the deep state in Pakistan has changed," tweeted Mr Puri. The anguished tweets from two Sikh Union Ministers - who visited Kartarpur - came close on the heels of External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj maintained the remarks from Mr Qureshi only "showed that you have no respect for Sikh sentiments. You only play googlies". Meanwhile, on his part, Mr Qureshi also took to the micro blogging site and wrote: "In deference to the long-standing desires of our Sikh brethren, we decided to open the Kartarpur Corridor. We have taken this historic initiative in good faith and will carry it forward in good faith". "Dragging my comment towards Sikh sentiments is a deliberate attempt to misrepresent and mislead," he sought to register protest against Union Ministers.

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