Yousuf Raza Gilani said Mohali match was catalyst in improving Indo-Pak ties

April 11, 2011 10:21 pm0 commentsViews: 1

gilani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani on Monday said that the semi-final match between India and Pakistan within the cricket World Cup was a "catalyst in improving relations" between the 2 neighboring countries.

Gilani, who watched the semi-final in Mohali together with his Indian counterpart Manmohan Singh, created the remarks throughout a reception he hosted for the Pakistani cricket team at the Prime Minister’s house.

The semi-final between Pakistan and India had "brought 2|the 2} governments and two nations closer", he said.

"It isn’t a matter of winning or losing by one country. in truth the winner is cricket and also the folks of Pakistan and India," he said.

Gilani said he "favored the continuity of cricket matches between the 2 countries" as this may facilitate develop "positive thinking" and supply "friendly entertainment on each sides".

India defeated Pakistan within the thrilling semi-final and went on to win the globe Cup by beating Sri Lanka within the final match.

During their meeting on the margins of the semi-final in Mohali, Gilani and Singh reiterated their commitment to the peace method between the 2 countries.

During the reception, Gilani interacted with the Pakistani team led by Shahid Afridi, Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Ejaz Butt, coach Waqar Younis and assistant coach Aqib Javed.

He lauded the team for its performance within the World Cup and announced a gift of Rs one thousand thousand for every player and Rs five hundred,000 for every member of the management in recognition of their efforts.

Earlier, sports was patronized at the regional level whereas the present government is pursuing a policy of encouraging it at the national level, Gilani said.

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