Pakistan’s prime-minister-to-be Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has invited actor Aamir Khan and former cricketers Sunil Gavaskar, Kapil Dev and Navjot Singh Sidhu to his oath-taking ceremony on August 11. The announcement was made by Imran during an interaction with party members of the provincial assembly in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa on Monday after which PTI spokesperson Fawad Chaudhry told the media outside Pakistan’s Supreme Court. Also Read - India Doesn't Need Money, Can't Have Cricket Right Now: Kapil Dev on Shoaib Akhtar's Proposal
A leading daily of Pakistan Dawn reported that the development came after PTI leaders met Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua to discuss which foreign dignitaries could be invited to the PTI chief’s ceremony. Earlier reports said the PTI wished to invite the heads of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (Saarc) member states including Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi as well as China and Turkey but the party rubbished the reports. According to Dawn, members of the Pakistan Foreign Office said that calling foreign leaders to the oath-taking was “a sensitive matter” and all perspectives needed to be taken into consideration. Also Read - Aamir Khan Donates to PM CARES Fund, Maharashtra Relief Fund And Wage Workers of Laal Singh Chaddha For COVID-19 Fight
On Tuesday, Fawad said they would consult the Foreign Office regarding inviting foreign leaders. “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,” he had tweeted. Also Read - Sunil Gavaskar, Kris Srikkanth Would be Sought-After Batsmen in T20 Cricket: Kapil Dev
According to the final results issued by the Election Commission of Pakistan, PTI has emerged as the single largest party in the National Assembly after the 25 July polls but is still short of numbers to form its government independently. PTI has bagged 116 general seats, which is 22 short of a simple majority. It is now reaching out to smaller political parties and independent candidates for support to form a coalition government. But it is more or less clear that Khan is all set to become the Prime Minister. Choudhry, on the other hand, claimed that the party has enough number of seats to form a government at the Centre as well as in Punjab.
(With inputs from IANS)