Imran Khan, Pakistan’s prime minister-to-be, has invited actor Aamir Khan and former cricketers Sunil Gavaskar, Kapil Dev and cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu to his oath-taking ceremony on August 11. Sidhu accepted the invitation, calling Imran Khan “a man of character”.
“It is a great honour and I accept the invitation. Men of genius are admired, men of power are feared but men of character are trusted. Khan Sahab is a man of character. He can be trusted,” said Sidhu.
Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) emerged as the single largest party in Pakistan’s national assembly after the July 25 general election in the country. However, it is still short of numbers to form the government on its own.
The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf is reportedly in talks with other political parties and independent candidates to form a coalition government at the centre.
Earlier, there were reports that Imran Khan is considering inviting leaders of SAARC countries, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi to his oath taking ceremony, but it was rebuffed later by his party.
Fawad Chaudhry, the PTI spokesperson on Wednesday said on Twitter, “Media speculations about international dignitaries attending PM oath ceremony are not correct. We have sought the advice of Foreign Office on the matter and will decide accordingly #PTI”.