New Delhi, Aug 17: Former cricketer turned politician Navjot Singh Sidhu on Friday reached Pakistan to attend the oath taking ceremony of Prime Minister-in-waiting Imran Khan. Khan is expected to be sworn in as Prime Minister on August 18 after his party swept the July 25 general elections.Also Read - UAE Allows Entry to Travellers From India Starting From Today | Here's What it Means

Sidhu reached Lahore via Wagah border and will arrive here for the oath-taking ceremony scheduled for Saturday. Speaking to reporters in Lahore, Sidhu said: “I have come to Pakistan on my friend’s (Imran) invitation. These are very special moments.” Also Read - UK Eases Travel Restrictions from India, Moves Country from 'Red' to 'Amber list'

“Athletes and artists erase distances (between countries)… I have come here bearing the message of love and prayers for Pakistanis,” he added.  “Hindustan jeevey, Pakistan jeevey!” Sidhu chanted as he welcomed the “change” in the country brought about by the advent of the Imran Khan-led Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf government. Also Read - India vs Germany Live Streaming: Preview, Prediction, Where to Watch IND vs GER Hockey Bronze Medal Match: All You Need to Know About Tokyo Olympics 2020

Meanwhile, former Indian captain Kapil Dev will not be attending the oath-taking ceremony, citing “personal reasons.” Dev was one of the three cricketers from India invited to attend Khan’s swearing-in ceremony, along with Sidhu and Sunil Gavaskar. Gavaskar will also not be able to attend the event due to prior work commitments.

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf party has said Khan’s oath-taking ceremony would take place at the President House in Islamabad.

Khan’s party, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), has emerged as the single-largest party in the National Assembly in the general election. The PTI 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.

(With IANS inputs)