New Delhi: Considering the number of cross-border firings by Pakistan, Indian Foreign Minister, Sushma Swaraj gave a statement today that such behavior of Pakistan is intolerable, thus there is no tone for engagements such as Cricket series. She hinted that any sort of bilateral cricket series is not possible until Pakistan stops cross-border firing and terrorism. In a meeting attended by Minister of State for External Affairs M J Akbar and Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar, she told about her decision to Parliament’s consultative committee on external affairs.
We must agree that when soldiers and native people die unreasonably on the borders due to Pakistan’s firing and terrorism, the atmosphere for sporting exchange is not considered to be conducive. In the meeting, Sushma Swaraj discussed that she asked Pakistan’s envoy to India to release the Indian prisoners of wars who are above 70 years of age or women who are not mentally sound on humanitarian grounds. The meeting was based on the agenda, ‘Relationship with Neighbourhood.’
Though the teams from both the nations continue to compete in International matches the India-Pakistan cricket fixture has been taken off the calendar for a while. She made a point that over 800 cross-border violations have been made this year. She further said that though the Indian Armed Forces killed, Hizbul leader, Burhan Wani in 2016, to minimize the tension in Jammu and Kashmir, yet the relations remain unsettled. She clarified that terrorism and Cricket cannot go hand in hand.
On the other hand, PCB Chairman Najam Sethi in an interview stressed upon the financial importance of Indo-Pak Cricket series and urged the two countries to set aside their political differences for the sake of the game.
Well, Sushma Swaraj is considered to be a lioness against a rogue nation. While many people comment ugly things about her, she remains to be undeterred in her decisions.