PM Modi’s hugplomacy not in good taste


Just hours after Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman announced investments in Pakistani petrochemicals, power generation, and mining projects worth more than $20 billion, our Prime Minister Narendra Modi welcomed the Saudi Crown Prince to India.

What more? PM Modi broke protocol and personally received the Saudi Crown Prince at airport. Generally a senior ranking official from Ministry of Foreign Affairs (mostly a secretary or additional level officer) is deputed for receiving dignitaries. As a courtesy for visits of heads of state, a minister is assigned the responsibility. But here, PM Modi decided to welcome the Saudi Crown Prince all by himself giving him a “warm hug” at the airport.

The Saudi Crown Prince’s visit to Pakistan comes at a time when the tensions between India and Pakistan are escalating due to the February 14 Pulwama terror attack carried out by Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) which killed 40 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel.

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Saudi Arabia and Pakistan, in a joint statement, underlined the need for “avoiding” politicisation of UN listing regime. This statement comes at a time when India is making efforts to designate JeM chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist.

Even after such statements, PM Modi welcomed the Saudi Crown Prince with such abundance.

So much for our jawans and for all those who sacrifice their lives every single day to protect out motherland.

The Congress attacked the PM for such gesture of his.

“By breaking protocol and welcoming Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman with such abundance – only hours after he promised billions to Pakistan – PM Modi has shown the country, the martyrs and every soldier in India what he thinks of their service & sacrifice,” it tweeted.

“Adding insult to injury, the Joint Statement between @ImranKhanPTI & Mohammad Bin Salman failed to condemn the violence & instead praised Pakistan’s ‘anti-terror’ efforts, thus undermining our demand for naming Masood Azhar a global terrorist,” it said in another tweet.

Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala also lashed out at PM Modi and questioned as if this was his way of remembering the Pulwama martyrs?

“National Interests V/S Modiji’s ‘hugplomacy’. Breaking protocol, Grand welcome to those who pledged $20 Billion to Pak  & praised Pak’s ‘anti-terror’ efforts. Is it ur way of remembering martyrs of Pulwama?” Surjewala tweeted.

“Modiji, is asking for a terrorist to be designated as such politicisation of UN listings? Would you show courage to ask Saudi Arabia to undo their ‘Joint Statement’ with Pak virtually rejecting India’s demand for designating Masood Azhar as a ‘global terrorist’?” he wrote in another tweet.

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