Mumbai: While Imran Khan was sworn-in Pakistan’s 22nd Prime Minister, the visit of Navjot Singh Sidhu – former India cricketer-turned-politician – to attend Imran’s oath-taking ceremony on Saturday grabbed a lot of eyeballs across the globe.
Sidhu was welcomed by Imran’s political party, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), leader Faisal Javed Khan welcomed him upon his arrival in Islamabad.
Before entering the President House, 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 respect relationships. It's a new dawn. This government has come to change this country's perception, picture and destiny, with high hopes and expectations."
However, as Sidhu’s photos from Imran’s oath-taking ceremony were out, some of the Indian Twitter users lost their cool.
Sidhu was also among the special guests invited by Khan's team to attend the ceremony. Sidhu, alongside Sunil Gavaskar and Kapil Dev were the three Indian cricketers that were invited for Imran’s oath-taking ceremony. However, it was only Sidhu who attended the ceremony.
Ahead of Imran’s swearing-in, Sidhu shared a hug with Pakistan Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa and also dished out some “shayari”, praising Imran.
Later, Sidhu seated next to the President of Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK) Masood Khan at Imran Khan's oath-taking ceremony.
And it did not go down well with the Indian Twitterati as they lashed out at Sidhu.
This traitor should be ashamed of himself— Harbir Singh Suri (@HarbirSinghSuri) August 18, 2018
Request the govt not to allow him back and punish him for treason.
सिद्धू साहब, शिष्टाचार के तहत हाथ मिलाना समझ में आता है. हत्यारी फ़ौज के चीफ़ के गले क्यों पड़ गए...!!!! अपने शहीदों के परिवारों का ख़याल नहीं आया?— Er. JP Ravi (@Jyotiprakashra2) August 18, 2018
Navjot Singh Sidhu#ImranKhan pic.twitter.com/FW91UwUQo4
Meanwhile oath-taking ceremony in Pakistan,— Rohit Dhillor - Proud Sanatan Vedic Dharmi (@rohitdelhite) August 18, 2018
A comedy show.
And they have invited Navjot Singh Sidhu ji as a Judge.
And sidhu is sitting on chair with PoK acting President to listen So called Oath.. #ImranKhan #SaturdayMorning #SaturdayMotivation #Saturday
What comes first nation or friendship ? Navjot Singh sidhu let the nation down !— deeps (@bhoolbhulaiya_) August 18, 2018
He was hugging Pakistan Army chief Lt. Gen. Bajwa in #ImranKhan 's swearing in ceremony when even 2day there is a terrorist attack in sopor.