Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief and former cricketer Imran Khan will take oath as the Prime Minister of Pakistan on August 11, 2018.
Many celebrities are supposed to be present on this special occasion. It was felt that Imran Khan would call the heads of SAARC countries at his swearing-in, in which the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi would also be invited. But these reports have been denied by the Pakistan Foreign Ministry.
Pakistani Foreign Ministry spokesman said on Thursday that no foreign leader is being called in the oath taking ceremony of Imran Khan. It is clear that Imran Khan will not invite the Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Apart from this, President Xi Jinping, Pakistan’s special friend, will not be given an official invitation.
However, other than this Imran’s party, PTI has invited former cricketer Sunil Gavaskar, Kapil Dev, Navjot Singh Sidhu and Bollywood actor Aamir Khan on behalf of India. Of these, Sidhu has openly accepted the idea of going to Islamabad. Sidhu says that if he gets the permit he will definitely go.
PTI had asked Pakistan’s Foreign Ministries to call foreign leaders in the swearing. After which the Ministry of External Affairs has now received the reply.
On July 25, PTI emerged as the largest party in the elections held for the National Assembly in Pakistan, and it could form a government with the support of its allies and independents. The PTI chief said on Monday that Imran Khan will take oath of office on 11 August.
Sharif came in PM Modi swearing-in
In May 2014 when Narendra Modi took the oath of office, he had invited the then Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif upon which Sharif came to New Delhi. After this, in December 2015, PM Modi arrived in Lahore for some time to give greetings on the birthday of Nawaz Sharif. In recent years, relations between India and Pakistan have become strained and no bilateral talks are happening.