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India cancels hockey series with Pakistan

Indian government was reported to have cancelled the Pakistan-India hockey series scheduled to be held next month, Indian media reports said Friday. Sources said the souring diplomatic ties forced India’s foreign ministry

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

Zardari, Gilani on same page vis-a-vis Indo-Pak ties

ANKARA/ISLAMABAD – President Asif Ali Zardari told Turkish daily Today’s Zaman on Tuesday that Pakistan had a clear strategy on how to tackle terrorism and that dialogue was the only way to normalise relations with India, as Prime Minister (PM) Yousaf Raza Gilani showered praise on his Indian counterpart Dr Manmohan Singh on Tuesday, calling him a sensible person “who really wants Pakistan and India to resolve their contentious issues” and stated that two countries could not afford

Indo-Pakistan bickering returns but Gilani is optimistic

ISLAMABAD – Just as Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani told the upper house of the parliament that his interaction with the Indian leadership was a step forward in opening up a new chapter of good neighbourly relations between the two countries, Pakistan and India went back to bickering on Friday with the former protesting against the detention of its High Commission’s driver in Chandigarh, and the Indian High Commission here taking up issue of the arrest of one of its staff members,

‘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

Lorgat hopes semi-final builds Indo-Pak bridge

COLOMBO – ICC chief executive Haroon Lorgat on Monday hoped the high-profile World Cup semi-final between arch-rivals Pakistan and India will build a bridge between the two nations. Title favourites India take on Pakistan at Mohali on Wednesday — the first meeting between the two teams on Indian soil since the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks carried out by Pakistan-based militants. Tickets have been sold out in advance and security ramped up with Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani

Partners Qureshi, Bopanna divided by Pak-Indo clash

NEW DELHI – Pakistan’s Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi and his Indian tennis doubles partner Rohan Bopanna insisted that the World Cup semi-final between their two nations will not shatter their friendship.
Bopanna and Qureshi, who have used their on-court careers to also promote their “Stop War Start Tennis” campaign, hope the clash in Mohali won’t spill over into their ongoing tournament commitments in Miami.
Qureshi, whose friendship with Bopanna stretches back 16 years, said that

Security stepped up as Indo-Pak clash nears

MOHALI – Security was ramped up at the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium on Sunday as India staged their first training session ahead of the high-profile World Cup semi-final against Pakistan.
The match, the first between the arch-rivals on Indian soil since the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks, gained an added security headache Sunday when Pakistan’s Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani confirmed he will attend Wednesday’s clash.
Police were out in greater numbers in and around the

Indian Rs. 5,000 crore at stake for Indo-Pak match

MOHALI – An India-Pakistan match is almost always a big money-spinner, and a World Cup semi-final clash is as big as it gets. Bookies and punters across the country are gearing up to run a show that is estimated to rake about Indian Rs. 5,000 crore on the betting circle as India takes on Pakistan in the semi-final at Mohali on March 30. Minutes after India’s win over Australia in the quarter-final clash at Ahmedabad, bookies unable to predict a clear winner have rated both India and

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