NEW DELHI: Pakistan is nonetheless to retort to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s invite to Yousuf Raza Gilani, its Prime Minister, to attend the cricket World Cup semifinal between the 2 nations in Mohali, but has welcomed New Delhi’s efforts in cricket diplomacy.
With Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani back in Pakistan from Ukbekistan, the govt. is discussing the invite. Indications are that Gilani will attend the cricket match on Wednesday.
Singh invited Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari and Gilani on Friday. a call was expected once Prime Minister Gilani came back from Ukbekistan, where he was on a state visit. Gilani was to come to Islamabad on Friday, but reached on Saturday. "We have asked for details and heavy consideration are given to it once we come to Pakistan," said a prime aide of Gilani who was with him in Tashkent.
Singh’s invite to each its prime leaders has caused some snafu within the Pakistani aspect. Islamabad is alleged to be considering asking New Delhi for an evidence about this. the quality apply is to ask one dignitary. it is expected that New Delhi would be asked to clear the confusion. Still, there is a probability that Gilani will attend the match as a result of he holds the manager power. Diplomatic sources said Pakistan would demonstrate its sportsman spirit while responding to the invite, provided the Indian explanation reaches in time.
A high-stake cricket match has suddenly attained bigger importance when Singh’s invite marks an effort to turn the competition into a stage to repair the link between the 2 countries. Though the move has been welcomed, either side are progressing to exhibit caution. The presence of the Pakistani prime minister within the audience beside India’s premier could contribute to atmospherics.