Imran Khan in India
Former Pakistan cricketer Imran Khan, who is also chairman of a political party named Pakistan Tahreek-e-Insaf, is on a visit to India where he stressed the fact that stopping bilateral cricket between these arch rivals is not the answer.
According to Press Trust of India Khan was reported to have said that actions of a few sick people should not stall cricketing ties between the two countries.
“Stopping cricket is not an answer to terrorism. You don’t boycott a society on the basis of few sick men,”
He added that he is a staunch believer of proper sports activities between these neighboring states and despite of some off the field issues we should always indulge in sports activities and move on.
“I supported the ban on South Africa once, but that was due to their stance on apartheid and that was a human rights violation. But other than that I believe sport should carry on”
“It is a matter of a lifelong relationship. People to people contact is necessary to build ties. Sachin [Tendulkar] is loved in Pakistan as a Wasim [Akram] is loved in India.”
He also talked about restoring cricketing ties with the Indian PM Modi but in response he just got a slight smile from the Indian PM but Khan took that in a positive manner and hoped that it turns out to be a yes.
“I told Modi that cricket should happen. Modiji smiled at that question and I couldn’t decipher whether it was a ‘yes’ or ‘no’. But I am a positive person and would take that positively.”