IS A SHORT-TERM political exigency actually eroding the goodwill capital earned by Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh?
No one can dispute two simple facts: Firstly, that Captain Amarinder Singh had emerged as the harbinger of the Indo-Pak civilian discourse and steered a popular Punjab-Punjab narrative during his last term; and secondly, that the same Captain Amarinder Singh is now being seen as opposing a harmless gesture by his popular minister Navjot Singh Sidhu during his recent visit to Pakistan.
Certainly, Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi was not a shining knight of democracy nor a stalwart fighter for Indo-Pak peace, by Amarinder Singh had broken convention by walking across the border with a bunch of his ministers and embracing each and everyone, regardless of their past.
He was happy to receive a horse from the then Punjab government and from Elahi who was a leading coterie member of a four-star general Pervez Musharraf. Musharraf had ...