Indo-Pak World Cup semifinal helped break the ice between both nations: Gilani

April 12th, 2011 - 10:59 am ICT by ANI  

Yousuf Raza Gilani Islamabad, April 12(ANI): Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has termed the March 30 Indo-Pak World Cup semifinal match as a stepping stone for improved relations between the two countries.

Gilani had visited India to watch the high voltage Indo-Pak semifinal World Cup clash in Mohali on the invitation of his Indian counterpart, Dr Manmohan Singh.

“The match certainly helped break the ice and provided a venue to improve our relations with India,” the Dawn quoted Gilani, as telling reporters at his residence following a meeting with Pakistani cricketers.

The match was a triumph for both India and Pakistan in terms of resumption of diplomatic ties, he added.

Pakistan’s World Cup campaign ended in a 29-run defeat at the hands of India in the semi final clash on March 30.

Gilani, however, said: “It is not the question of winning or losing by one country; In fact the winner is the cricket and the people of Pakistan and India.”
He also called for the continuity of cricket matches between India and Pakistan, which he said would help develop positive thinking besides providing a friendly entertainment for both countries. (ANI)

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