Gavaskar, Kapil Dev & Navjot Sidhu to attend Imran's oath-taking ceremony: PTI

A file photo of Sunil Gavaskar (R) and Kapil Dev. Photograph:( DNA )

WION Web Team Islamabad, Pakistan Aug 10, 2018, 05.30 PM (IST)

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf(PTI) announced today that cricketers Sunil Gavaskar, Kapil Dev and Navjot Singh Sidhu will be attending Imran Khan's oath-taking ceremony.

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Prime minister-elect Imran Khan will be taking oath next week on August 18th after the Pakistan National Assembly convenes on August 13th.

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India cricket legends Sunil Gavaskar, Kapil Dev and opening batsman Navjot Singh Sidhu were Imran's contemporaries who played several matches against Khan's Pakistan in the 80s and 90s.

PTI leader Faisal Javed Khan announced on Twitter about three former Indian cricketers being invited for the oath-taking ceremony.

"Cricket legends from India and Kaptaan's (Khan) old friends Kapil Dev, (Navjot) Sidhu and Sunil Gavaskar have been invited to attend oath-taking ceremony of Pakistan's PM Imran Khan," he said.

Earlier, there were reports that Bollywood star Aamir Khan would also be part of the swearing-in ceremony but it hasn't been confirmed.

As the PTI emerged as the single largest party in the Pakistan elections there were rumours that PM Modi would also be part of the guest list, especially after the Indian PM called Imran to congratulate him on his election victory on July 30th.

However, the Pakistan foreign ministry later said it would not be inviting any foreign dignitary and VVIPs. The ministry said only Imran's close friends would be invited in keeping with the austere oath-taking ceremony.

Imran's PTI has emerged as the largest single party with 116 seats in the 272-member National Assembly which is not enough to form the government. PTI has in the meanwhile taken support from Independents and other parties to reach the 137 number required to form the government in Pakistan's National Assembly.

28 independent members of the National Assembly have already notified the Pakistan election commission that they are joining the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf. 

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Earlier, there were reports that Sunil Gavaskar and Bollywood star Aamir Khan would also be part of the swearing-in ceremony