Post aerial strike, Sidhu chooses to be on the ‘right side’, hails IAF

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New Delhi, Feb 26: Amid backlash from various sections, Punjab Minister and Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu on Tuesday made a U-turn and gave up his soft approach towards Imran Khan regime in Pakistan.
“In the war of right and wrong, you cannot afford to be neutral. The war against terror outfits is spot on… Bravo Indian Air Force, Jai Hindi”, tweeted Mr Sidhu, who came under severe attack for embracing Pakistan Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa at the oath-taking ceremony of Imran Khan as the prime minister of Pakistan last year.
Mr Sidhu also earned brickbats from Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh for calling Imran Khan ‘dil daar’ (largehearted) at the Kartarpur meeting in presence of Imran Khan and two Union Ministers, Harsimrat Kaur Badal and HS Puri.
Post Pulwama, Mr Sidhu had taken a different line and said the entire Pakistan could not be blamed for the terror attack. “For a handful people, you cannot blame an entire nation, ” he had said.
However, on Tuesday, the cricketer-turned politician congratulated Indian Air Force for its attack in retaliation to the February 14 terror attack.
In a series of tweets both in Hindi and English, the former opener of Indian Cricket vowed for an eye-for-an-eye policy on terror.
“Iron cuts iron, fire cuts fire, a snakebite’s antidote is also poison. The end of the terrorists is near. Congratulation Indian Air Force, Jai Hind”, he tweeted.
Earlier, Congress president Rahul Gandhi was among the first among the opposition to applaud the Air Force strike.
“I salute the pilots of the IAF”, Mr Gandhi tweeted.
Along with the Congress president, other opposition leaders like Sharad Pawar, Mamata Banerjee, Arvind Kejriwal, HD Kumaraswamy also congratulated Indian Air Force for the strike.

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