In a sudden change of heart, Pakistan’s Prime Minister-elect Imran Khan has decided against inviting foreign dignitaries, including Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his oath taking cermony.
His party Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) had initially planned to invite several foreign leaders and personalities, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Bollywood superstar Amir Khan and Indian cricketers like Kapil Dev, Sunil Gavasker and Navjot Singh Sidhu to the event.
However, in an apparent change of heart today, Khan has opted against a fancy ceremony and wants to keep the event very simple. The 65-year-old leader is expected to take oath on August 11.
PTI spokesperson Fawad Chaudhry said that Imran Khan will take his oath in a simple ceremony at Aiwan-e-Sadr (President House). It has been decided that no foreign personalities will be invited to the ceremony and it will be a completely national event. Only a few close friends of Imran Khan will be invited. There will be no show of extravagance at the event, he added.
However, a few of Imran’s friends are the only foreign nationals being invited to the event. After his party’s victory in the elections, Khan has pledged to take austerity measures to save taxpayers money.