File Photo of Navjot Singh Sidhu. Photograph:( Zee News Network )
Cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu visited Pakistan High Commission on Monday in New Delhi to seek governments permission to attend Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf's chief Imran Khan’s oath-taking ceremony.
Khan, the PM-designate of Pakistan and chief of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), is set to take oath of office on 18 August. He has invited Indian cricket legends Sunil Gavaskar, Kapil Dev and Navjot Sidhu for the swearing-in ceremony.
Sidhu's acceptance to attend the ceremony invited a lot of backlash from the people.
However, the politician said that his decision to attend the ceremony was a positive step towards Indo-Pak peace relations.
Sidhu also said that he even wants to take Chief Minister of Punjab Captain Amarinder Singh.
Earlier, Sidhu had termed the invitation as a “great honour” and declared that he intended to attend the event and had also hailed the invite as an “opportunity to change people’s lives.”
He had also praised the PTI chief’s ascension as an opportunity for ties to “improve the ties between the two rival neighbours.”
Neither Gavaskar nor Dev have yet clarified whether they would be traveling to Pakistan to attend the swearing-in ceremony.
Imran Khan’s party emerged as the single largest with 116 seats in the 25 July election. Following a round of electoral negotiations and mathematics, its tally increased to 158. PTI is still 14 short of simple majority of 172 in the house of 342.