Srinagar: A key advisor to Pakistni Prime Minister Saturday declared that Pakistan will not host India for cricket until the Kashmir issue is resolved.
Speaking to media persons at the Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium, PM Imran Khan’s Special Assistant on Information and Broadcasting Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan said, “India has created many barriers in our path and promoted false propaganda on all forums to stop international cricket in Pakistan.” Pakistan based Dawn newspaper reported.
“Until India frees the people of Kashmir, any matches between the countries will only pour salt on the wounds of the Kashmiris,” she said.
According to the Dawn.com, Awan said that to ensure peace in the world and in the region, India needs to remove the “curfew imposed in the valley and give the Kashmiris their rights”.
“Once our point of difference [on the Kashmir issue] is settled, who wouldn’t want there to be cultural exchanges between the two countries? But this will not be possible if Indian atrocities in the occupied valley continue,” she said.
Awan also took the opportunity to thank the Bangladesh cricket team, their cricket board and, their government for participating in the matches between the two countries.
“They honoured their commitment, and by sending their team, have supported us in reviving international cricket in the country. Together we have demonstrated to the world that we are a peaceful country,” she said.