Imran Khan,while speaking at a news conclave during his tour to India, said that ending the cricketing ties between the two countries is not the solution for ending terrorism.
“Stopping cricket is not an answer to terrorism. You don’t boycott a society on the basis of few sick men. 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”, Khan said.
“It is a matter of a lifelong relationship. People to people contact are necessary to build ties. Sachin Tendulkar is loved in Pakistan as a Wasim Akram is loved in India”, he added.
The former cricketer said that cricketing series between the two South Asian giants should take place.
“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”, he said.
“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.