Indian envoy in Pakistan meets Imran Khan

Sergio Conner
August 12, 2018

The 25 July Pakistan elections, which has seen cricketer-turned politician Imran Khan's Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) emerging as the single largest party with 116 seats, has however ignited hopes of a thaw in India-Pakistan ties. But he has cleared that he won't be travelling to Pakistan and has declined the invitation.

In a statement on Saturday Sidhu said he had informed the Union Home Ministry and Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh's office regarding his intention to attend Khan's oath taking ceremony on August 18 in Islamabad. He also hoped that Imran works for the betterment of Pakistan during his tenure at the helm while also expecting that the relations between the two countries improve immensely. He further revealed that he was in talks with former Indian skipper Kapil Dev, who has also been invited to the event.

"Apart from this, Khan also extended personal invitation to Sidhu on the phone which was accepted in all humility by the latter", a government spokesman said in Chandigarh.

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"And of course the kind of speech Imran Khan has given is very nice and I wish him all the best".

The PML-N President Shahbaz Sharif has been nominated by the PPP and PML-N as a candidate to challenge the PTI Chairman Imran Khan in the election of the prime minister.

During the brief conversation, Mr Khan thanked Mr Sidhu for praising him.

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