‘No cricket with India until they free held Kashmir’
While cricket fans across the world are waiting eagerly for a bilateral series between archrivals India and Pakistan, no such thing could happen in near future, said Pakistan’s Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Information and Broadcasting Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan.
While talking to the media on the second day of the first Test match between Bangladesh and Pakistan on Saturday, she informed that India-Pakistan bilateral series is not on the cards until India “frees the people of occupied Kashmir.”
“India has created many barriers in our path and promoted false propaganda on all forums to stop international cricket in Pakistan,” Firdous Awan said.
“Until India frees the people of occupied Kashmir, any matches between the countries will rub salt into the wounds of Kashmiris,” she also added.
Earlier BCCI President Sourav Ganguly had said that they needed approval from Prime Minister of both the countries for a India-Pakistan bilateral series.
“You have to ask that question to Modi ji and the Pakistan Prime Minister. Of course we have (to take permission), because international exposure (tours) is all through governments. So we don’t have an answer to that question,” he had said.
Meanwhile the special assistant was grateful to Bangladesh authorities for sending their team to Pakistan despite their initial reservations.
“They honoured their commitment, and by sending their team, have supported us in reviving international cricket in the country. Together we have demonstrated to the world that we are a peaceful country,” she said.