New Delhi, Aug 13: Punjab local bodies minister Navjot Singh Sidhu who has been invited to the swearing-in ceremony of PM-elect Imran Khan said that he has applied for government’s permission and everything depended on it. Sidhu reached the Pakistan High Commission earlier today to apply for the visa and complete some other formalities in order to attend the swearing-in which is scheduled to be held on August 18.
Sidhu finally applied for a visa as he had received a call from PTI chief and thereafter accepted his invitation for being a part Khan’s oath-taking ceremony in Pakistan.
Sidhu said that Imran Khan called him personally to invite him for his oath-taking ceremony in Pakistan on August 18. A formal email was also sent by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) leaders soon after the call. He said, “Yes, I have received the invitation along with others. It is an honour. I would definitely like to go if I get permission from the Government of India.”
The former cricketer said that he has sent the invite to Union Home Ministry and Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh. He added, “I am going to attend the ceremony if there is no objection by the union government and Punjab CM.”
It must be noted that in order to travel abroad, ministers in the state government need to seek permission through official communication to the Ministry of Home Affairs.