Islamabad, August 2 (Dawn): Pakistan’s Prime Ministet-to-be, Imran Khan, has decided against inviting foreign leaders and celebrities to his oath taking ceremony on August 11 as Pakistan’s new prime minister as he wants to keep the event very simple.
His party had initially planned to invite several foreign leaders and personalities, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Bollywood superstar Aamir Khan and Indian cricketers like Kapil Dev, Sunil Gavasker and Navjot Singh Sidhu to the event.
However, in an apparent change of heart today, Khan has opted against a fancy ceremony.
“The Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) chairman has directed to stage the oath-taking event with austerity,” PTI spokesperson Fawad Chaudhry said.
“He will take his oath in a simple ceremony at Aiwan-e-Sadr (President House),” the spokesperson said.
“It has been decided that no foreign personalities will be invited to the ceremony it will be a completely national event. Only a few close friends of Imran Khan will be invited.”
“There will be no show of extravagance at the event,” Chaudhry said.
However, he added that some foreign friends of Imran will be invited to the event. “A few of Imran’s friends are the only foreign nationals being invited to the event,” he said.
President Mamnoon Hussain will administer him the oath of the office.
After his party’s victory in the elections, Khan has pledged to take austerity measures to save taxpayers money.
He had announced that he would not move into the Prime Minister’s House and a final decision on the fate of the building would be decided by the party.