21 June, 2021

'Leaders Violating This Spirit Will Pay A Price'

The Pakistan foreign minister on the cricket matches and their implications for Indo-Pak relations and, of course, on the 'real problem of J&K'. Updates

'Leaders Violating This Spirit Will Pay A Price'
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Pakistan foreign minister Khursheed Mehmud Kasuri is a busy man these days. In March alone he hosted seven foreign ministers and flew down to Lahore to see the cricket ODI. There, he attended a power dinner thrown for the Indian national security advisor, Brajesh Mishra. Ever since, he has been hounded by newspersons keen to know what transpired between him and Mishra. On the day the foreign minister met Mariana Baabar, he had just returned from Lahore after a four-hour drive. Later in the evening he was to fly off to Lahore on his way to Berlin and Beijing. Kasuri, as always, spoke with candour about cricket matches and its implications for Indo-Pak relations. Excerpts from an interview:

Did you expect Indo-Pak cricket to generate such warmth and friendship?
For long, I have been optimistic. I hope this will also let the leadership in Pakistan and India allow its people free expression (of their feelings). That would lead to an even greater degree of warmth and understanding. I say this on the basis of experiences between Pakistanis and Indians when they...

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