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Cricket series unlikely till Pak stops terrorism, says Sushma


New Delhi, Jan 1 (PTI): External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has hinted that any bilateral cricket series between India and Pakistan is unlikely unless Pakistan stops cross-border terrorism and firing.

Sushma said this to Parliament's consultative committee on external affairs during a meeting, which was also attended by Minister of State for External Affairs M J Akbar and Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar.

During the meeting, Sushma also said that she had met Pakistan's envoy to India and proposed to him that both countries release the prisoners who are above 70 years of age or women or of unsound mind as part of humanitarian aspect of the relationship, a member who was present in the meeting said.

The agenda of the meeting was 'Relationship with the Neighbourhood'.

Responding to a query on India-Pakistan cricket series on a neutral venue, the external affairs minister hinted that it seemed unlikely until Pakistan stopped cross-border terrorism and firing, the member said.

She clarified that terrorism and cricket can't go hand in hand, the member said.


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  • SMR, Karkala

    Mon, Jan 1 2018

    From entertainment to sports BJP has made politics in everything.
    1. If BJP serious about the nation why did PM Modi invited Pakistan Premier for his swearing in ceremony?
    2. Why PM Modi's Maharaja all of a sudden dived in Pakistan for former PM Nawaz Sharif birthday?
    3. How Baba Ramdev aide goes to Pakistan and interview India's most wanted terrorist in 9/11 attack Hafiz Saeed without the knowledge of the Home and External affairs?
    4. How did Pakistani songs still entertain Indian audience in Bollywood movies without censor of Information and Broadcasting ministry?
    If she serious about the national interest let India stop all exports to Pakistan and stop playing all sports in International avenues when Pakistan is opponent.
    Is she have courtesy write to PMO?
    Jai Hind

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  • readerwriter007, pune

    Mon, Jan 1 2018

    earlier public used to beg the govt to hold the cricket matches with Pak and govt was so eager. Now Goct is clear and a foreign external minister is giving a clear statement. What a change in few years. this is called Ache Din. Earlier how many debates, arguments... now simple and clear statement. Proud of Modi and his team.

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  • vijay, belle

    Mon, Jan 1 2018

    reader writer pune
    no pm ever visit ,surprise visit to pakisthan nd wish president nd eat biryani with him in 60yrs

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  • MOHAN, bc road

    Mon, Jan 1 2018

    sushamaji plz order some bullet proof glass for pakisthanis , who visit for humanatarian groud for treatment, treat them from inside of this glasses.

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  • geoffrey, hat hill

    Mon, Jan 1 2018

    Who wants cricket matches? We are content with birthday parties.

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