Former India’s top-order batsman, Navjot Singh Sidhu has been granted a 14-day Pakistan visa by the High-Commission in New Delhi on Wednesday to attend Imran Khan’s oath-taking ceremony as the Prime Minister of Pakistan.
Imran Khan, the chief of winning political party of General Elections 2018 Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, is scheduled to swear in as the Premier of the country on August 18.
Last week, PTI told that they have invited Imran Khan’s Indian counterparts, Kapil Dev, Sunil Gavaskar and Navjot Singh Sidhu to attend the swearing-in ceremony as the Prime Minister.
However, the two living legends of India, Sunil Gavaskar and Kapil Dev, cited their professional and personal commitments respectively as reasons to not attend the historical event.
Sidhu, who is himself a parliamentarian in India, is all set to visit Pakistan.
Earlier, Sidhu had all praise for Khan and he hoped that he will steer Pakistan towards prosperity as he guided their team to glory during his playing days.
“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,” Sidhu stated.
“He brings people together, the same way he’s brought the Pakistani society together. He’s also got that passion, look at the wonders an extraordinary captain like him did to an ordinary Pakistan team back in 1992,” he further stated.