Islamabad, Aug 1: Pakistan Prime Minister-elect Imran Khan has invited former cricketers Sunil Gavaskar, Navjot Singh Sidhu and Kapil Dev, along with Bollywood actor Aamir Khan for his oath-taking ceremony on August 11.
Fawad Chaudhry, spokesperson of Khan's Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party, said invitation has been granted to the above-mentioned Indian dignitaries so far.
On being asked whether an invitation would be extended to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other leaders of SAARC nations, Chaudhary said a decision would be taken after consulting the Pakistan Foreign Office.
Notably, the cricketers invited by Khan once used to be his contemporaries during the 1980s and early 90s'.
In his first address after the PTI emerged as the single-largest party in the elections held last week, Khan said he is known in most parts of India due to "my cricket". "I have travelled across India as a cricketer representing Pakistan," he had said.
Speculations are rife of Khan possibly inviting PM Modi for his oath-taking ceremony on August 11. Incidentally, the gesture was adopted by Modi in 2014, when he invited the heads of states of all SAARC members to attend his swearing-in.
In case of an invitation being extended to Modi, Khan is likely to put on track the India-Pakistan dialogue which got derailed post a series of terror attacks carried out by cross-border terrorists in the frontier provinces of India.
The PTI, however, has reiterated that the decision on invitation to foreign heads of states will depend on the consultations the party will hold with the foreign ministry.
"Media speculations about international dignitaries attending PM oath ceremony are not correct. We have sought the advice of Foreign Office on the matter and will decide accordingly PTI," Chaudhary tweeted.