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Indo-Pak hockey series called off

IANS  New Delhi, March 15, 2013
First Published: 18:20 IST(15/3/2013) | Last Updated: 21:07 IST(15/3/2013)

India's external affairs ministry has cancelled the upcoming bilateral hockey series against Pakistan, it was announced here on Friday. 


The decision comes a day after Pakistan's National Assembly, lower house of Parliament, condemned the hanging of terrorist Afzal Guru at the Tihar jail here last month.  

Pakistan were scheduled to play a five-match series in India from April 5-15.

India were also slated to tour the neighbours for the second leg of the series from April 23. 

"The series was cleared by the sports ministry and the home ministry. But yesterday the external affairs ministry informed us that the series has been cancelled," Hockey India (HI) secretary general Narinder Batra said. 

Guru, who was hanged to death on February 9 after remaining on death row for about eight years, was found guilty of plotting the attack on the Indian parliament on Dec 13, 2001. He was buried in Delhi's Tihar jail.

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