ISLAMABAD, May 30 (APP):Federal Minister for Inter-Provincial Coordination (IPC) Ehsan Ur Rehman Mazari has said that India must not play politics in cricket especially when other sports contingents are visiting Pakistan.
Talking to APP here on Tuesday the minister said that ‘Pakistan verses India’ is the most watched cricket match in the world and if India plays Asia Cricket cup in Pakistan, then there is no doubt in that Pakistan would visit India as well to play the cricket World Cup.
He said, “We need to keep sports and politics separate”, adding that sports is beyond boundaries.
The minister stated that Indian Baseball team recently played a tournament in Islamabad in which more than thirty members contingent played along with other nations.
He said that an Indian contingent also participated in Bridge Federation of Asia and Middle East (BFAME) Championship organized in Lahore. He said the reluctance and promotion of Cricket remains a question mark.
Mazari said that government is working on a comprehensive ‘National Sports Policy’ to uplift the sports in the country. He said all stakeholders including Pakistan Olympic Association has been taken on the board and the policy would be implemented in true spirit after the approval of the cabinet.
He lauded the efforts of Balochistan government on successfully organizing the 34th National Games, after 19 years.
He also extended greetings to the winning teams including Army, Wapda and others.