In a strong message to Pakistan, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar has said that there cannot be any resumption of talks and cricketies ties between both countries unless the neighbouring country stops siding terrorism, a ANI report said.
Recently the Board of control for Cricket in India (BCCI) had said that the Indian team won’t travel to Pakistan for the Asia Cup in 2023, that led to board’s war of words with Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB). Speaking to Agenda Aaj Tak, the minister pointed out that while the tournaments keep coming , this is a compicated issue. He observed that nobody can talk if there is a gun on anybody’s head.
While everybody knows about Pakistan’s support to terrorism, there is no mystery about who are behind these terror groups and where camps are located. Even as noone must think of cross-border terrorism is normal, there is no other example of any neighbouring country sposoring terrorism against the other, he added.
The minister also observed that while everybody knows the government’s stand on cricket, countries that encourage terrorism can never be accepted and must be delegitimized. While there must be a global pressure against pakistan, the pressure in the neighbouring country won’t accept unless victims raise their voices, ANI quoted Jaishankar as saying.
Earlier, PCB chief Ramiz Raja pointed out that Pakistan may not participate in the Asia cup tournament if their hosting rights are withdrawan in case the Indian team to travel the country. His reaction had come after BCCI secretary Jay Shah had rejected reports of Team India visiting Pakistan and added that the tournament may held in neutral venue.
While there had been a lot of debate on the issue in the recent past, former India cricketer Gautam Gambhir had said that it was a decison between PCB and BCCI, and that both the boards will together take a decison in whatever they do, ANI had quoted him as saying.