Punjab Confirms Navjot Singh Sidhu's Invite For Imran Khan's Swearing

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However, astrologer Samia Khan believes that complications for the incoming prime minister would increase if he takes the oath before September 13.

In an interview to news agency ANI, Modi said he called Prime Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) chief to congratulate on his victory and he hoped that Pakistan would work for a safe, secure, stable and prosperous region. "I really hope and appeal that we have a really lovely relationship henceforth".

"As a cricketer, Imran Khan has visited India a number of times". We have also taken various initiatives in this regard.

India-Pakistan peace talks stalled in 2013 and efforts to get them started have come to naught, mainly due to several terrorist attacks in India seen as perpetrated by Pakistan-based terrorist groups.

Having served his country as the cricketer as well, the political party has made a decision to invite the former Indian cricketers including Sunil Gavaskar for the ceremony which will reportedly take place on August 18.

Khan will be sworn in as prime minister next week. The PTI on Monday formally announced Khan as the prime ministerial candidate.

Earlier in the day, the Election Commission of Pakistan accepted the unconditional written apology from Khan for violating the secrecy of the ballot, removing the last possible hurdle in his swearing-in.