Bollywood actor Aamir Khan on Thursday (August 2) said that he is not going Pakistan to attend the swearing-in ceremony of cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan.
With only a few days left for Imran Khan to take oath as the Prime Minister of Pakistan, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief has already send out invites to several politicos and celebrities to attend his swearing-in ceremony.
The 65-year-old Imran, whose PTI emerged as the single largest party on July 25, has invited a few Indian cricket stars like Sunil Gavaskar, Kapil Dev and Navjot Singh Sidhu and Bollywood celebrity Aamir Khan to his oath taking ceremony.
The news about the invitation was announced by PTI's spokesperson Fawad Chaudhry on August 1.
However, the Bollywood actor Aamir Khan soon clarified that he has not been invited to the Pakistan Prime Minister's swearing in ceremony.
"I am not going to Pakistan. Haven't received an invitation for Imran Khan's swearing in," the actor told News 18. He also added that in case he received an invitation, he won't be able to make it as he is "too busy to go".
Meanwhile, Punjab Cabinet Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu has accepted Imran's invitation to the oath taking ceremony.
"It is (a) great honour, I accept the invitation. Men of genius are admired, men of power are feared, but men of character are trusted. Khan Sahab is a man of character. He can be trusted. Sportsmen build bridges, break barriers, unite people," Sidhu, a former cricketer said in a statement, reported PTI.
"He has risen from scratch in politics, he has exhibited great character. I see him as a ray of hope. Its a huge honour for me. Its a personal invitation( for Imran Khan's swearing in) from him and not a political one," Sidhu told ANI.
Kapil Dev, who captained the Indian cricket team that won the 1983 Cricket World Cu, has also said that he will attend the event.
Imran Khan will be taking oath as Pakistan's PM on August 11.