Chairman of Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf and Prime Minister in waiting candidate Imran Khan has opted for an austere swearing-in ceremony, without the presence of any foreign celebrities or dignitaries to grace the occasion.
This decision came as a sudden change of heart as previously Mr. Khan had planned to invite the SAARC Leaders, the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, actor Aamir Khan, and cricket legends Kapil Dev, Sunil Gavaskar, and Navjot Singh Sidhu (who had profusely spoken about accepting the invitation – though now it is clear that the invites were never sent).
It has been decided that Imran Khan would have a simple ceremony at Aiwan-e-Sadr (President House), inviting only a few close friends, making it completely a national event.
Last month, PTI had managed to bag 115 NA seats, roping in numerous independent winners and also taking the support of key allies and is now all set to form the government, with its chairman, Imran Khan, waiting to be sworn in as the next Prime Minister of Pakistan.
It seems like Mr. Khan’s oath-taking ceremony will be a stark opposite to what Prime Minister Narendra Modi had in India during his swearing-in ceremony. Mr. Modi’s swearing-in ceremony was conducted on a grand scale, and it was the first of its kind to be attended by all the SAARC leaders and the then PM of Pakistan, Nawaz Sharif.
Although at that time, PM Modi made a huge effort to ease the strains between India and Pakistan, it could never come to fruition. But now, having personally called Imran Khan to congratulate for his victory, Mr. Modi hopes to revamp the relations between the two countries. Mr. Khan too had claimed in one of his speeches that he had more friends in India than any other Pakistani leader and expressed that India-Islamabad ties are sure to improve as this will be good for everyone.
The date for swearing-in ceremony is now being speculated to be on August 14th, on the independence day of Pakistan.