Pakistan's World Cup cricket hero Imran Khan will be sworn in as prime minister next week, his party said Friday, announcing it has the numbers to form a coalition government in the nuclear-armed nation.
Senator Faisal Javed also tweeted that the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party led by Khan has invited Indian cricketers Kapil Dev, Navjot Singh Sidhu and Sunil Gavaskar to attend the oath-taking ceremony of the cricketer-turned-politician. But he has cleared that he won't be travelling to Pakistan and has declined the invitation. He also hoped that Imran works for the betterment of Pakistan during his tenure at the helm while also expecting that the relations between the two countries improve immensely.
The Punjab government on Saturday also said in a statement that Sidhu has been invited for the swearing-in ceremony.
Pakistan had welcomed Prime Modi's congratulatory phone call to PTI chief Imran Khan and said it wanted resumption of bilateral talks which were halted in 2015.
Sidhu, in a statement here, said that Khan personally telephoned him also. "But, the kind of speech Mr. Imran Khan has given is very nice and I wish him all the best and with folded hands, I appeal, that we have a attractive relationship".
Sidhu said that he has informed the Union Home Ministry and office of the Punjab Chief Minister regarding his intention to attend the swearing in ceremony.