NEW DELHI, Jan 01 (SABAH): Indian stubbornness persists as Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has closed all such possible talk with this message on New Year, ruling out the possibility of a bilateral cricket series between India and Pakistan even at a neutral venue.
At a meeting of Parliament’s consultative committee on external affairs headed by Sushma Swaraj was held on Monday wherein relations with the neighbouring countries were reviewed. The meeting was also attended by Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar.
Indian External Affairs Minister closed up all such possible talk with this message on New Year, ruling out the possibility of a bilateral cricket series between India and Pakistan, even at a neutral venue,
Sushma Swaraj blamed Pakistan for border provocation rather than controlling gross cross-border violations from the Indian side.
External Affairs Minister said that the atmosphere is not “conducive” to cricket diplomacy. During the meeting, Sushma Swaraj said that proposal regarding release of the prisoners who are above 70 years of age or women of unsound mind as part of humanitarian aspect of the relationship are under consideration but cricket series cannot be held between both the countries due to severe firing and shelling on the border.
It is made clear that Indian army continued ceasefire violation on Line of Control (LoC) throughout the last year and several innocent citizens and soldiers have been martyred by the unprovoked firing of India.