Punjab

Navjot Singh Sidhu to arrive in Pakistan today for Imran’s oath-taking ceremony

Former Indian cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu will arrive in Pakistan today to attend the oath-taking ceremony of prime minister-in-waiting Imran Khan.
According to sources, Sidhu will arrive in Lahore via Wagah border and will then travel to Islamabad for the oath-taking ceremony scheduled for August 18.
Sources also said the former cricketer will meet the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief tonight.
Imran, a former Pakistan Test captain who founded PTI in 1996, is expected to be sworn in as prime minister on Saturday, after his party swept the July 25 general elections.
Earlier this week, former Indian captain Kapil Dev said he will not be attending the oath-taking ceremony, citing ‘personal reasons’.
Dev was one of the three cricketers from India invited to attend the leader’s swearing-in ceremony, along with Sidhu and Sunil Gavaskar.
Gavaskar also declined Imran’s invite due to his commentary commitments for the ongoing Test series between England and India.
The newly-elected members of the National Assembly will vote for the country’s next prime minister today. Imran Khan is contesting against Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz president Shehbaz Sharif, but the race is believed to have been won by the PTI nominee already due to a fallout among opposition parties.