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 - Kartik Aaryan Quits Advertising Chinese Mobile Brand Oppo, Rejects His Multi-Crore Deal
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 - UP Govt University Professor Booked for Posting Pakistan Flag, Map Pictures on Facebook
“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 - 'Disappointing And Saddening': Truecaller on Being in The List of 89 Apps Banned by Indian Army
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)