PPP chairperson Bilawal Bhutto Zardari and former president Asif Ali Zardari have not been invited to the January 20th inauguration ceremony of US President-elect Joe Biden.
Amid speculation and several media reports about former president Asif Ali Zardari and PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari will be attending the ceremony on January 20, PPP Senator Farhatullah Babar has clarified that the former president and the PPP chairman “have not been invited to the inauguration and are not attending the ceremony”.
Previously media reported and as per party sources, on the invitation of US President-elect Joe Biden, the PPP chairman Bilawal was to leave for the US for a day-visit to attend his oath-taking ceremony to be held in Washington.
It was also said that Bilawal Bhutto would also meet with US senators during his four-day stay in the United States, according to an insider.
Party sources revealed to a private news channel that the father-son pair had received an invitation to attend Democrat Joe Biden’s oath-taking ceremony in Washington.
However, members of the Biden inauguration committee have indicated that they are not inviting foreign leaders to the Jan 20 ceremony and are also urging Americans to watch it from their homes.
The coronavirus pandemic and the fear of violence has forced the organisers of the 2021 United States presidential inauguration to discourage foreign leaders from attending the ceremony.
On January 6, Congress officially certified Biden’s victory in the election. The White House issued a statement from Trump shortly after the certification, in which he promised an “orderly transition” on January 20 when Biden would be sworn into office.