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Ghulam Nabi Azad seeks to defend Sidhu after pic with 'Khalistani separatist' in Pak

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Senior Thursday sought to defend Navjot Singh Sidhu, under fire for being photographed with "pro-Khalistan" in Pakistan, saying he had gone there in his personal capacity.

"I think the has made it clear that he has gone in his personal capacity," he told reporters, adding that while one side of was on this side of the border, the other was in and the two states shared cultural relations and language.

Azad said Sidhu, more than a was a sportsman, and sportsmen and artists were appreciated on both sides of the border.

"The thinks negative 23 hours out of 24 hours. has gone in his personal capacity. Modiji used to exchange shawls and mangoes with family members of the of for two years, but the did not say anything," he claimed.

himself played down his appearance in the photograph with the "pro-Khalistan" during his visit to even as the opposition Akali Dal asked if remained his priority.

He came under a sharp attack from after a picture from the groundbreaking ceremony for the Kartarpur corridor showed him with the "separatist".

Chawla, who is the of (PSGPC) and is known to speak for "Khalistan", had shared the purported picture on his page.

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First Published: Thu, November 29 2018. 22:20 IST