Sidhu entitled to attend Imran Khan's swearing-in, says Rajiv Shukla
New Delhi, Aug 2: Navjot Singh Sidhu's decision to attend Pakistan Prime Minister-elect Imran Khan's swearing-in has kicked up a political storm with BJP calling cricketer-turned-politician's decision a 'treachery' and Congress asking "why should anyone object?".
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) spokesperson Fawad Chaudhry earlier today said apart from a few close friends of Imran Khan, no foreign leader will be invited for his swearing-in ceremony. Khan has sent invitations to cricketers Sunil Gavaskar, Kapil Dev, Navjot Singh Sidhu and Bollywood actor Aamir Khan.
"If he (Imran khan) is inviting his friends in a personal capacity and I think if they go, then why should anyone object? They are entitled to go," Congress Rajya Sabha MP Rajiv Sukhla told ANI.
So far only Sidhu has publicly acknowledged and accepted his invite. Calling the Pakistan prime minister-in-waiting a "man of character", Sidhu said sportsmen have the ability to build bridges and unite people.
Aamir Khan has said that he was not going to Pakistan as he had not received any invite. Cricketer Kapil Dev too, said that he had not received any invite and added that he would go if an invitation is received.