ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf chairman and would be -prime minister Imran Khan has decided against inviting foreign dignitaries and celebrities to his planned oath-taking ceremony, instead opting for a simple event, sources privy to development added.
The PTI, having bagged 115 NA seats and after securing the support of key allies and roping in several independent winners, looks set to form the next government, with its chairman in pole position to become the next PM of Pakistan.
To celebrate the fulfillment of Khan’s long-held wish to become the premier, the party had initially planned to invite several foreign personalities, with the names of Indian PM Narendra Modi, Bollywood superstar Amir Khan and cricket legends Kapil Dev, Sunil Gavasker and Navjot Singh Sidhu all in the mix.
“It has been decided that no foreign personalities will be invited to the ceremony — it will be a completely national event. Only a few close friends of Imran Khan will be invited,” added PTI’s spokesperson Fawwad Chaudhry.
Earlier, India’s Punjab Cabinet Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu said that he had accepted the invitation extended by Imran Khan for attending his swearing-in ceremony as the Prime Minister of Pakistan.
“It is (a) great honour, 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. Sportsmen build bridges, break barriers, unite people,” Mr Sidhu said in a statement issued here.
Mr Sidhu was among other personalities who had reportedly been invited by Mr Khan to attend his oath-taking ceremony. Imran Khan’s party, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), has emerged as the single-largest party in the National Assembly after last week’s general election held on July 25th