Indian cricketers and Bollywood actors invited to Imran Khan’s oath taking ceremony in Pakistan
Imran might take oath as the next PM of Pakistan on August 11.
Updated - Aug 1, 2018 7:48 pm
Former Pakistan skipper Imran Khan could take oath as the prime minister of the country on August 11 and his party Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) has invited his former counterparts from India to be a part of the occasion. PTI Spokesperson Fawad Chaudhry said that they have invited ex-Indian cricketers to be there for the event.
Chaudhary was addressing the media outside the Supreme Court of Pakistan and said that PTI has sent out an invite to those who had relations with Imran in his previous profession. Along with cricketers the guest list also features a Bollywood superstar and the party is in touch with the Foreign department to make sure the formalities for the foreign dignitaries is taken care of.
As per a Tribune report among those invited are former Indian captains Sunil Gavaskar and Kapil Dev as well as Navjot Singh Sidhu. The Bollywood name who might feature on the occasion is actor Amir Khan. A host of Indian cricketers had put out posts on social media to congratulate Imran on his achievement.
The first ever Pakistan captain to win a Cricket World Cup commands a lot of respect in the cricketing community. It transcends beyond boundaries and Imran inspired youngsters from around the world with his performance and even those who played against him.
Imran has cordial relations with the likes of Gavaskar, Kapil and Siddhu who were Indian stalwarts of the time.
PM Modi calls Imran
From the Indian side, Prime Minister Narendra Modi also called Imran after his party emerged as the single largest after the poling to congratulate him, and the two talked about working together to improve the relations between the two countries. “India desires progressive relations with Pakistan”, the Indian PM was quoted as saying.
It will be interesting to see what stance the Indian government takes with regards to the invites if at all they get involved or they let the individuals make their own decision. There is no word of confirmation from any of the invitees about the same.