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Is This Why Imran Khan Invited Aamir Khan For Swearing-In Ceremony?

| August 2 , 2018 , 13:40 IST

Pakistan's Prime Minister-in-waiting Imran Khan has invited Bollywood star Aamir Khan and former cricketers Kapil Dev and Sunil Gavaskar to his oath-taking ceremony on August 11. He has also invited former cricketer and Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu.

The development came after PTI leaders met Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua to discuss which foreign dignitaries could be invited to the PTI chief's ceremony, leading daily Dawn reported.

PTI on Wednesday confirmed that from India, Bollywood actor Aamir Khan and former cricketers Sunil Gavaskar, Kapil Dev and Navjot Singh Sidhu have been invited to attend cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan's oath-taking ceremony in Islamabad on August 11.

But, Why Did Imran Khan Invite Amir?

During a media conclave, Imran Khan had asked Bollywood star and Mr. Perfectionist Aamir Khan to come to Pakistan and campaign for him during the general elections. Amir Khan had then replied that he would not come for campaigning but he promised that if Khan wins the elections he would definitely come to celebrate his victory and would also bring many Indians with him.

Navjot Singh Sidhu, another cricketer-turned-politician currently a Punjab cabinet minister, confirmed his attendance to the oath-taking ceremony.  

“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 said in a statement.