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US, Afghanistan to weather diplomatic storm

The Obama administration’s ties with Afghan President Hamid Karzai remain solid despite an unusual public rebuke from the US envoy to Kabul this weekend, Karzai’s ambassador to Washington said on Monday. Ambassador

SAFMA discusses cricket’s role in Indo-Pak diplomacy

LAHORE – A seminar was organised by the South Asian Free Media Association (SAFMA) on Wednesday where high-profile speakers discussed “If cricketing could act as a diplomatic effort to build ties with India?” The seminar was led by the speakers Hasan Askari, IA Rehman, and Khaled Ahmed who each voiced their view on the role of sports, especially cricket, in the relations of the two countries and discussed how it could act positively.
IA Rehman said there was a common saying that

EU Kashmir Council dubs cricket diplomacy ‘insufficient’

ISLAMABAD – Kashmir Council EU Chairman Ali Raza Syed on Monday said that cricket diplomacy was not enough to improve the relations between Pakistan and India and Kashmir issue would have to be resolved on priority basis according to the will of Kashmiris.
Addressing a news conference here at National Press Club (NPC), Ali Raza said that failure of numerous agreements between India and Pakistan including Tashkant and Shimla, revealed that conflicts between both the countries

US hails ‘cricket diplomacy’

WASHINGTON – The United States on Thursday praised the “cricket diplomacy” between India and Pakistan after their leaders met for a game, saying that better ties between the rivals were in the world’s interest. “The expansion of dialogue between India and Pakistan is a welcome and encouraging development for both countries, for the region and for the world,” State Department spokesman Mark Toner said in a statement. But while the US voiced support for the dialogue, it said that future

Mohali cricket diplomacy challenged in LHC

LAHORE – Terming the Mohali World Cup semi final between India and Pakistan as fixed in favour of India, a petition was filed in the Lahore High Court (LHC) on Thursday requesting the court to hold an inquiry by the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) and the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) as to whether the ‘cricket diplomacy’ was a conspiracy prepared by bookmakers to cover their crime.
The petition was filed by Irfan Mukhtar, through his counsel Azhar Siddique, requesting

Cricket diplomacy – Gilani, Singh show ‘can do’ spirit

MOHALI – The only positive fallout of the Cricket World Cup semi-final between Pakistan and India in Mohali on Wednesday was Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani and his Indian counterpart Manmohan Singh’s pledge to rebuild ties shattered after the 2008 Mumbai attacks.
The two prime ministers watched the match together from the stands. Before the game, they stood side by side for the national anthems before heading on to the pitch at the stadium to shake hands with players from

‘Cricket diplomacy’ can’t resolve Indo-Pak disputes:Musharraf

ISLAMABAD – Former president Pervez Musharraf has warned against any undue optimism over Pakistan-India cricket diplomacy, but nonetheless praised Gilani-Manmohan meeting over the Mohali match.
Talking to an Indian TV channel, he said cricket diplomacy did not mean that all issues could or would automatically be resolved. “However, things can take turn for better,” he said. He declared Manmohan Singh’s invitation a step in the right direction.
The former president declared