Indian media bashes Punjab Minister for accepting Imran Khan's oath taking ceremony offer


NEW DELHI - Indian Cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu today hoped relations between India and Pakistan would improve with Imran Khan becoming his country's prime minister, saying he was all set to attend the swearing-in."If I am allowed, then I will definitely go. It is a huge honour," the Punjab minister said, alluding to a clearance by the Centre. "My personal opinion is that sportsmen break barriers. They unite people. I see a sportsman in great Imran khan and I see someone who will always do good to mankind. I have great hopes that relations will improve," Sidhu said.He also referred to the former Pakistan cricketer as a Greek god and a pure soul . I believe this could be a new era, this could be a new dawn and this could usher in an era of hope," Sidhu told reporters. Of course, it apears that the former cricketer hasn't read Reham Khan's book about Imran, DNA has said. Sidhu figures in the list of Indian celebrities who have reportedly been invited for Khan's swearing-in ceremony. These include actor Aamir Khan and former cricketers Kapil Dev and Sunil Gavaskar. Imran Khan's party, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, has emerged as the single largest party in Pakistan's National Assembly after the July 25 general election, but lacks the numbers to form the government on its own.Khan had reportedly said he would take oath as Pakistan's prime minister on August 11. Asked whether Prime Minister Narendra Modi should attend Khan's oath-taking ceremony if an invitation extended to him, Sidhu said he was nobody to comment. He is the prime minister of India and he is mature enough. I will mind my own business. It will be his prerogative. I am nobody. I respect him as prime minister of India," said Sidhu. Sidhu recalled how he first met Khan at Faridabad in 1983 during a cricket match, and they developed a mutual respect. "I saw him as a pure soul. I saw him as a selfless man who always worked for the team," said Sidhu. Imran Khan Sahab a man of character: Navjot Singh Sidhu accepts Pak PM-in-waiting’s invitation link link — DNA (@dna) August 1, 2018 link I respect the foreign policy of the Govt and the country, but this is a personal invitation(Imran Khan's swearing in). I believe sports persons and artists break barriers: Navjot Singh Sidhu link — ANI (@ANI) August 2, 2018 link Its a huge honour for me. Its a personal invitation( for Imran Khan's swearing in) from him and not a political one: Navjot Singh Sidhu link — ANI (@ANI) August 2, 2018 link