Former Indian cricketer-turned-politician, Navjot Singh Sidhu arrived in Pakistan on Friday (17 August) to attend Imran Khan’s oath-taking ceremony as the country’s Prime Minister in Islamabad on Saturday (18 August).
Sidhu arrived in Lahore via the Attari-Wagah border, saying he has “not come here as a politician” while welcomed the 'change' in Pakistan brought about by the advent of the Imran's government.
The Punjab Minister was invited by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf chief Imran to his swearing-in ceremony along with Sunil Gavaskar and Kapil Dev.
However, the duo turned down former Pakistan cricketers’ invite citing personal and professional reasons but Sidhu accepted by saying it is “just because of this pious friendship with Imran."
Speaking to reporters in Lahore, Sidhu welcomed the 'change' in Pakistan brought about by the advent of the Imran Khan-led Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf government.
As per reports in Indian Express, Sidhu told Pakistani media after reaching Lahore, “I have come here as a friend, as goodwill messenger. I have brought a Kashmiri shawl as a gift for Khan. I love Kashmiri shawls and I have many. It is a symbol of love.”
While Geo TV reported that the commentator was seen chanting, “I have come to Pakistan on my friend's [Imran] invitation. These are very special moments. Hindustan jeevey, Pakistan jeevey!”
He signed off by saying, “I have come here bearing the message of love, and prayers for Pakistanis.”