New Delhi: Amid speculations of Narendra Modi being invited to oath ceremony of Pakistan’s newly elected PM Imran Khan, the cricketer-turned-politician has shied away from inviting any foreign leader.
A spokesperson at Imran’s party Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, Fawad Chaudhry on Thursday said that the guest list is restricted to only close friends of the designated Prime Minister as the swearing-in will be a national event.
“It has been decided that no foreign personalities will be invited to the ceremony — it will be a completely national event. Only a few close friends of Imran Khan will be invited,” he said. There will be no show of extravagance, he added.
Khan has sent invitations to cricketers Sunil Gavaskar, Kapil Dev, Navjot Singh Sidhu and Bollywood actor Aamir Khan.
So far only Sidhu has publicly acknowledged and accepted his invite.
After accepting the invitation, Sidhu said, “It is (a) great honour, I accept the invitation. Men of genius are admired, men of power are feared, but men of character are trusted. Khan Sahab is a man of character. He can be trusted. Sportsmen build bridges, break barriers, unite people.”
Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) has emerged as the single largest party after the Pakistan elections held on 25 July.
In 2014, the then prime minister of Pakistan Nawaz Sharif had travelled to New Delhi to attend PM Modi’s oath-taking ceremony. Modi had also made a brief stopover in Lahore to greet his counterpart on his birthday.