Aamir Khan not to attend Imran Khan’s oath-taking, even if he gets invitation

The Bollywood star, however, said that he didn’t receive any invitation from Pakistan.

Aamir Khan
Aamir Khan. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images for IPTL 2014)

It’s all gearing up for the oath-taking of former cricketer Imran Khan as the Honourable Prime Minister of Pakistan this month and eyes are particularly on the Indian guests who the next government in Pakistan has decided to invite for the grand ceremony. Meanwhile, Bollywood actor Aamir Khan said on Thursday, August 2, that he is not going.

Khan emerged as the leader of the single largest party – the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) – in the July 25 elections and hence was the favourite to become the country’s next prime minister, though his party fell short of the majority mark in parliament on its own.

I am not going to Pakistan

The PTI reportedly invited a cluster of Indian luminaries including former cricketers Sunil Gavaskar, Kapil Dev and Navjot Singh Sidhu besides actor Khan to the oath-taking ceremony. The news about the invitation was announced by PTI spokesperson Fawad Chaudhry on Wednesday, August 1.

The Bollywood star, however, said that he didn’t receive any invitation from Pakistan and not going to that country. “I am not going to Pakistan. Haven’t received an invitation for Imran Khan’s swearing in,” Amir Khan was quoted as saying by News18.

He also said in case he received an invitation, he would still not be able to make it because of his busy schedules. Former Indian opener Sidhu, who like Imran Khan, has chosen a career in politics after retirement and is currently a minister in Punjab government, however, accepted the invitation.

“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,” Sidhu mentioned.

Kapil Dev, the legendary Indian captain who like Imran, led his country to win the World Cup in cricket in 1983, said he didn’t check about the invitation but would go for sure if he gets the same. He, however, said his visit to Pakistan was subject to government approval. Imran Khan is likely to take oath as the Prime Minister of Pakistan on August 11.

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