Pakistan wanted Sidhu reinstated as Punjab minister, claims ex-CM Amarinder Singh

Updated: few hours ago

New Delhi, Jan 24 (PTI) Former Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Monday claimed he had got a message from Pakistan to reinstate Navjot Singh Sidhu in his government because he was an old friend of their prime minister.

Asked about the allegation at a press conference, Sidhu dubbed Singh as a "spent cartridge" and refused to comment further on the matter.

Singh, who has floated a new party after leaving the Congress and is fighting next month's Punjab assembly polls in an alliance with the BJP, said he was told that Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan would be grateful if he could keep Sidhu in the government.