Pakistan’s Prime Minister-in-waiting Imran Khan has reportedly invited several Indian celebrities including Aamir Khan, Sunil Gavaskar, Kapil Dev and Navjot Singh Sidhu to attend his swearing-in ceremony when he takes oath of office as Pakistan’s new prime minister.
Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf emerged as the single largest party in the just concluded elections for the new parliament. The 25 July elections for the national assembly saw a fractured mandate as PTI will still need support from the independent and small parties to form the government.
Accepting Khan’s invitation for 11 August oath-taking ceremony, Sidhu called the World Cup winning former Pakistani cricketer “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,” Sidhu was quoted as saying. Just like Imran Khan, Sidhu is also a cricketer-turned-politician and is currently serving as a minister in the Punjab government.
There hasn’t been any reactions from Gavaskar or Kapil Dev. Aamir had promised Imran Khan at a conclave organised by India Today few years ago that he would travel to Pakistan to witness his oath-taking event if he was ever elected as the country’s prime minister.
There were reports that just Imran’s party was considering extending invitation to heads of state from SAARC nations to be part of his oath-taking event, but a spokesperson from his party denied the speculations.
Meanwhile, former Pakistani captain and Imran’s ex-teammate, Javed Miandad, has lashed out at the country’s politicians for striking deals to form a new government. The video of Miandad has now gone viral on social media platforms.
In the video, Miandad is seen slamming the newly elected MPs from smaller parties, who were allegedly negotiating better deals with Imran’s party to extend him support in forming the government.