PTI Makes A Turnaround, No 'Foreign Personalities' For Imran Khan's Swearing In As Pakistan PM

| August 3 , 2018 , 11:37 IST

After reports that Indian celebrities including actor Aamir Khan, and former cricketers Kapil Dev, Sunil Gavaskar and Navjot Singh Sidhu were invited for the swearing in of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan as Pakistan Prime Minister, PTI has announced that no 'foreign personalities' will be invited.  

"The PTI chairman has directed to stage the oath-taking event with austerity. He will take his oath in a simple ceremony at Aiwan-e-Sadr (President House). It has been decided that no foreign personalities will be invited to the ceremony - it will be a completely national event," Dawn quoted PTI spokesperson Fawad Chaudhry as saying.

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Initially, PTI leaders were reportedly interested in inviting the heads of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) member states, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, as well as leaders of China and Turkey for the swearing-in ceremony. But due to the short time span before the swearing-in date, Pakistan's Foreign Office and senior PTI leaders were concerned about the feasibility of the foreign leaders attending the event

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.

Cricketer-turned-politician currently a Punjab cabinet minister Navjot Singh Sidhu had confirmed his presence as well for the swearing-in ceremony, hailing Imran Khan as a 'ray of hope'.

"He has been empowered to change the system. In politics, people are empowered to change lives of people. I see Khan as a ray of hope who will give wings to our aspiration... Sportsmen break barriers. I have great hope that relations will improve... I believe this could be new era and hope," Sidhu had said.

Cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan's PTI had emerged as the single largest party during the Pakistan General Elections, winning 115 seats.