Cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu on Thursday said that Pakistan Prime Minister-in-waiting Imran Khan’s invite for the oath-taking ceremony is a personal one.
While addressing a press conference here, Sidhu said, “He (Imran Khan) has risen from the scratch in politics, he has exhibited great character. I see him as a ray of hope.”
“It is a huge honour for me. It is a personal invitation from him and not a political one. I respect the foreign policy of the Government (of India) and the country, but this is a personal invitation. I believe sports persons and artistes break barriers,” he added.
Sidhu said on Wednesday that he would attend the swearing-in-ceremony of Imran Khan which is scheduled on August 11.
Calling Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief as ‘a man of character’, Sidhu asserted that the leader could be trusted. “It is a great honour and 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,” Sidhu said.
Imran Khan has also invited former Indian cricketers Sunil Gavaskar along with actor Aamir Khan for his oath-taking ceremony.
PTI yesterday confirmed that the Prime Minister-in-waiting will take oath at the President House in Islamabad.
Imran Khan had earlier conveyed his desire to take oath at the D-Chowk or Parade Ground. Quoting sources in the President House, Geo News however reported that the location of the ceremony would not be shifted.(Minimal edits applied, story generated from syndicated ANI feed)