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Navjot Singh Sidhu asked to leave The Kapil Sharma Show over Pulwama attack comments

February 16, 2019

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Navjot Singh Sidhu, an Indian cricketer turned politician and incumbent Indian Punjab cabinet minister, has been asked to leave a popular television comedy talk show after comments he made on the Pulwama attack.

He will be replaced by Archana Puran Singh on The Kapil Sharma Show.

Sidhu, who also attended Prime Minister Imran Khan’s swearing in ceremony last year, has often expressed his desire for better relations between India and Pakistan. He was also part of the Indian delegation that attended the groundbreaking ceremony of the Kartarpur Corridor.

“Nations cannot be held responsible for the dastardly acts of terrorists. The terrorists do not have deen or mazhab (sect and religion). There are good, the bad and the ugly. Every institution has them. Every nation has them. The ugly need to be punished. But individuals cannot be blamed for the dastardly act,” the former cricketer had told the media.

Related: Sidhu grateful to PM Khan for opening Kartarpur corridor

On February 14, a suicide bomber killed 46 Indian paramilitary policemen in Indian-Administered Kashmir. Tensions are high in the country and Sidhu’s comments were not taken well. People called for his removal from the show on social media.

“His remarks have not been taken kindly by most. Also, the channel and the show were getting dragged into the unwanted controversy. This is when the team amicably decided that Navjot make a distance from the show. The team has already shot a couple of episodes with Archana,” a source told Indian Express.

Recently, Bollywood actor Shabana Azmi and her husband, lyricist-composer Javed Akhtar, said they would no longer be coming to Karachi to the attend a festival being held to honour Kaifi Azmi, Shabana’s father in light of the attack.

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    Feroze   February 17, 2019 3:12 am/ Reply

    This is playng politics with the sport of cricket, And sindhu popularity as a crickiter is getting mixed with shows pàpularity as a TV show. Both need to test theire without the other.

    It is good they are parting their ways.

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    Dr.A.M.Arif   February 17, 2019 12:21 pm/ Reply

    Sidho is honest n not a hippocrat like most politicians

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    Ray   February 17, 2019 12:34 pm/ Reply

    Racist Indians

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    Raynold   February 17, 2019 12:35 pm/ Reply

    Feroze your comments make no sense please explain it in simple English

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    M S K Rana   February 17, 2019 12:51 pm/ Reply

    Utmost sorry

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    Mamoon Salim Mehsud   February 17, 2019 1:49 pm/ Reply

    Indian should agree with him because he told the truth and should support him in this hard time and stand with him. He just want peace.

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    Ahmad   February 17, 2019 3:58 pm/ Reply

    It is hard to digest truth. It is true for both Pakistani and Indian nations.

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    Hafsa DAR   February 17, 2019 6:34 pm/ Reply

    India blinded Kashmiris by pellet guns but they have blinded themselves even more by their hatred of Pakistan. They are in self denial about their own sins, their own crimes in Kashmir by falsely blaming Pakistan for counter reaction to the atrocities committed in Kashmir by the Indian army

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    VoiceOfTruth   February 17, 2019 7:11 pm/ Reply

    Actually some racists in India want to spoil the situations in both countries. Indians politicians are also getting benefits from such tension.

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    Kashee khan   February 17, 2019 8:44 pm/ Reply

    “The terrorists do not have deen or mazhab…”
    So what’s wrong with it. Why you Indians trying to made him against pakistan. His statement is not just in favor of pakistan but something really impartial.

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    SR   February 18, 2019 7:01 am/ Reply

    Bring a better replacement if required for Mr. Sidhu.

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    Aslam   February 18, 2019 7:48 am/ Reply

    Sidhu has spoke the truth.
    They must accept the truth

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    Numan   February 18, 2019 1:28 pm/ Reply

    Indian are emotional people , they are unaware of what is happening in the world , what they know is their media , who always want to hide the reaction to their brutalities in occupied kashmir ( they are also human and you people provoke their anger) under the ambit of blaming Pakistan for it.

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    Abbas Fakhruddin   February 18, 2019 7:17 pm/ Reply

    I support Navjot Singh Sidhu for giving up a brave face against radical and extremist elements that are there in all parts of the world, we must understand that blaming is very simple but without proof this blame game will only be an extension of the list of allegations that india puts against pakistan, well i can forget and forgive anything but i can never forget the blood of the 150 innocent children of the army public school peshawar, first india should clarify that then we could talk on other instances, Sidhu there are very few like you who have the guts and courage to stand against tidal waves…… I Salute your bravery and wish i could be of any help to you in this time of distress, stay tall.

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    Kami Leone   February 19, 2019 11:28 am/ Reply

    Shame on Indians hope Indians will get freedom and democracy soon.

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