India-Pakistan relation to improve with Imran Khan as Prime Minister, says Navjot Singh Sidhu

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Cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu today hoped relations between India and Pakistan would improve with Imran Khan becoming his countrys prime minister, saying he was all set to attend the swearing-in. If I am allowed, then I will definitely go. It is a huge honour, the Punjab minister said, alluding to a clearance by the Centre. 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 to mankind. I have great hopes that relations will improve, Sidhu said. He also referred to the former Pakistan cricketer as a Sidhu figures in the list of Indian celebrities who have reportedly been invited for Khans swearing-in ceremony. These include actor Aamir Khan and former cricketers Kapil Dev and Sunil Gavaskar. Imran Khans party, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, has emerged as the single largest party in Pakistans National Assembly after the July 25 general election, but lacks the numbers to form the government on its own. Khan had reportedly said he would take oath as Pakistans prime minister on August 11. Asked whether Prime Minister Narendra Modi should attend Khans oath-taking ceremony if an invitation extended to him, Sidhu said he was nobody to comment. I will mind my own business. It will be his prerogative. I am nobody. I respect him as prime minister of India, said Sidhu. Sidhu recalled how he first met Khan at Faridabad in 1983 during a cricket match, and they developed a mutual respect. I saw him as a pure soul. I saw him as a selfless man who always worked for the team, said Sidhu.