Chandigarh: As Pakistan preps to get a flamboyant Prime Minister in Imran Khan, actor Aamir Khan and former cricketers Sunil Gavaskar, Kapil Dev and Navjot Singh Sidhu, who were personally requested by the cricketer-turned-politician to attend his oath-taking ceremony, aren’t invited anymore.
The Oxford-educated politician’s party Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has now said that it is not inviting any actors or cricketers for the August 11 ceremony, reports NDTV. The PTI spokesperson had on Wednesday said that official invites would go to Khan’s friends, but today the party decided to go for an extremely simple and austere event.
The Punjab minister, who was excited to be part of the swearing-in of his “close friend” is yet to react to this development.
“It’s an honour to be among the first invitees,” Sidhu, also a cricketer-turned-politician like Imran Khan, had said at Chandigarh Press Club on Thursday. Calling him a trustworthy politician, the former batsman added, “When you look at him, you want to trust him. When his mother died of cancer, he constructed a cancer hospital where world-class doctors now treat patients for free. It tells you the intention of the man. From winning one seat to becoming the prime minister, he has risen from the scratch. He didn’t bow down when he faced rejection. I have seen him turn weakness into his strength, obstacles into stepping stones, and disaster into triumph. He fought the system and today he has been empowered to change the system.”
Likens Imran to a Greek god
- Sidhu had even likened Imran Khan to a Greek god. “We have shared a special relationship since 1983. I had heard that he was a Greek God, but when I first saw him, I felt that if there were parameters to assess looks, he was ahead of a Greek god,” the Congress leader said.
- The fan in Sidhu added that Imran Khan as Prime Minister would usher in an era of hope. It will be a new dawn for Pakistan.
BJP MP Subramanian Swamy slammed Sidhu for accepting the invitation, saying Sidhu’s decision to go was treacherous as the new Imran Khan-led government will be a front for terrorists. Those who attend Imran Khan’s invitation should be blacklisted, Swamy said.