India-Pak relations to improve with Imran as PM: Navjot Sidhu

CHANDIGARH: Cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu today hoped relations between India and Pakistan would improve with Imran Khan becoming his country’s Prime Minister, saying he was keen to attend the swearing-in.

“If I am allowed, then I will definitely go. It is a huge honour,” Punjab’s Local Bodies Minister said, while making clear that his participation would depend on permission from the Centre.

Sidhu said Khan’s elevation could make real his dream of seeing the celebrations for the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev next year begin from Nankana Sahib in Pakistan.

BJP MP Subramanian Swamy slammed him for accepting the invitation, saying Sidhu’s decision to go was “treacherous” as the new Imran Khan-led Government will be a front for terrorists.

Sidhu heaped praises on the former Pakistan cricket captain, referring to him as a “pure soul” and someone who was seen as a “Greek god”.

“My personal opinion is that sportsmen break barriers. They unite people. I see a sportsman in great Imran khan and I see someone who will always do good for the mankind. I have great hopes that relations will improve,” the Minister told reporters.

“I believe this could be a new era. This could be a new dawn and this could usher in an era of hope,” he said. (AGENCIES)