Flamboyant former Pakistani skipper and head of the PTI, Imran Khan was in the news for his comments in the Aaj Tak Agenda 2015. During the esteemed meet, Khan said that he was eager to see the resumption of the Indo-Pak cricket rivalry. Khan also said that stopping cricket between the two nations was not a solution to curb the cancer of terrorism.
“Stopping cricket is not an answer to terrorism. You don’t boycott a society on the basis of few sick men,” Imran said. “I supported the ban on South Africa once, but that was due to their stance on apartheid and that was a human rights violation. But other than that I believe sport should carry on. “It is a matter of a lifelong relationship. People to people contact is necessary to build ties. Sachin Tendulkar is loved in Pakistan as a Wasim Akram is loved in India,” Khan said.
The Pakistani politician also said that he had spoken to India’s Prime Minister about the matter. “I told Modi that cricket should happen. Modiji smiled at that question and I couldn’t decipher whether it was a ‘yes’ or ‘no’. But I am a positive person and would take that positively.”
“We are the first generation of partition children, so we had heard a lot of hate stories. And people like us were on each side of the country. But when I toured India as a cricketer, I realised that we are the same people, who listen to the same songs and have the same tastes. There is consensus in Pakistan against terror. So we should look to bridge gaps not create distances,” Khan added.