Sidhu stirs controversy as he hugs Pak Army chief, sits next to PoK President Masood Khan

New Delhi, August 18, News24 Bureau: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan was sworn-in as the 22nd Prime Minister of the country at the President House here on Saturday. This was a historic moment in Pakistan which India watched closely.
The media could not miss the fact that Pakistan government made Indian politician Navjot Singh Sidhu sit next to President of Pakistan occupied Kashmir , Masood Khan, during the swearing-in ceremony of Imran Khan.
At the event, Pakistan government instead of seating Congress leader Sidhu with other foreign dignitaries positioned him next to Masood Khan in Aiwan-e-Sadr Hall of President's House. Earlier, Sidhu and Pakistan Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa were spotted hugging each other at the President House prior to oath-taking ceremony.


Before entering the President House, Congress leader Sidhu  said: "People like Khan Sahab (Imran Khan) create history. With this invitation, they have honoured me. People who build relationships are respected, people who break them are disrespected and I am one of those who respects relationships. It's a new dawn. This government has come to change this country's perception, picture, and destiny, with high hopes and expectations."

Imran Khan was finally sworn in as the 22nd Prime Minister of Pakistan. After the oath-taking ceremony, the signing of documents took place.
After a struggle of 22 years since he forayed into politics Khan, who led the Pakistan cricket team to their only World Cup victory in 1992, would assume the prime ministerial post. He had joined politics in 1996.
The members of the 1992 winning squad are slated to attend the swearing-in ceremony. From India, former cricketer and Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu, who arrived in Pakistan yesterday, will grace the ceremony.
Kapil Dev and Sunil Gavaskar, who happen to be friends with Khan, were also invited in the party. But they would not be participating in the event. While Dev cited 'personal reasons', Gavaskar also declined the invitation owing to his commentary commitments for the ongoing Test series between India and England, the report said.


On Friday, Khan was elected as the new Prime Minister of Pakistan, defeating his rival Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) candidate Shehbaz Sharif. While, the 65-year-old cricketer-turned-politician bagged 176 seats, Sharif, the PML-N president and the brother of jailed former Pakistan prime minister Nawaz Sharif, managed to secure just 96 seats, The Dawn reported.

With Agencies