Sunil Gavaskar unable to attend Imran Khan’s oath-taking ceremony

Blanche Robertson
August 12, 2018

"I have always said that we wish to have good neighbourly relations". We have also taken various initiatives in this regard.

"The chairman of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) Imran Khan, who is going to be sworn in as the Prime Minister of Pakistan, has sent invitation to former cricketer and Cabinet Minister, Punjab, Navjot Singh Sidhu to his swearing-in ceremony".

The India-Pakistan ties nose-dived in recent years with no bilateral talks taking place. An official source said Indian participation in the summit would ensure a visit by Prime Mr. Modi to Pakistan.

India also skipped the 2016 Saarc summit in Islamabad after a terrorist attack on an army garrison in Uri, Jammu and Kashmir, left 18 soldiers dead.

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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.

Imran Khan is set to take oath as the new premier on August 18 as his party has claimed to achieve a majority in the National Assembly during the recently held general elections. The PTI on Monday formally announced Khan as the prime ministerial candidate.

Khan's public statement had followed India's engagement with his team through the High Commission in Islamabad. In his address to Pakistan, he said: "If India takes one step towards us, we will take two steps toward them...but at least (we) need a start".

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