Pakistan’s to-be-Prime Minister Imran Khan has a change in his plan and has decided to take the oath in simple ceremony cancelling the plan of inviting foreign dignitaries and celebrities. The invitations will be sent only to a few close friends of Imran Khan. The oath-taking ceremony will take place at Aiwan-e-Sadr (President House) and there will be no show of extravagance at the event, said Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) spokesperson Fawad Chaudhry.
At first Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) head Imran Khan had planned to invite foreign dignitaries. Even the invitations were sent to few cricketers and Bollywood celebrities in India for the event. An approval to invite Prime Minister Narendra Modi was also waiting when the plan was suddenly called off. Among the invitees from India were Bollywood superstar Amir Khan, Indian cricket legends Kapil Dev, Sunil Gavaskar and Navjot Singh Siddhu.
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“It has been decided that no foreign personalities will be invited to the ceremony — it will be a completely national event. Only a few close friends of Imran Khan will be invited,” he said. There will be no show of extravagance, he added.
Navjot Singh Siddhu had also accepted the invitation publicly and had called Imran Khan a man of character. Siddhu believes sportsmen have the ability to build bridges and unite people.
“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,” the former cricketer said.