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Laloo for restoration of Indo-Pak ties

Reminiscing the sweet memories of his recent visit to Pakistan, Laloo Prasad Yadav made a strong case for resumption of Indo-Pak cricketing ties.

india Updated: Aug 30, 2003 13:10 IST

Reminiscing the sweet memories of his recent visit to Pakistan, Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) supremo Laloo Prasad Yadavon Fridaymade a strong case for resumption of Indo-Pak cricketing ties.

"A strong bond exists between India and Pakistan through cricket which can play a great role in lessening tensions between the two countries," Yadav, who also heads the Bihar Cricket Association, told a function to mark the 'Khel Diwas' at the Srikrishna memorial hall.

"The NDA Government led by Atal Bihari Vajpayee is destined to fall in the next election. Once a secular government is in place in Delhi, I will see to it that Indo-Pak cricketing ties are resumed and the first match is played at the Moinul Haq stadium here.

"All sports, particularly cricket has the ability to end the bitterness between the two neighbours," he said.

Yadav, who recalled his fond memories of Pakistan visit, told the gathering that how an old man burst into tears and embraced him in a crowded marketplace saying how much he missed India.

"Incidents like these show how the people of the two countries yarn for peace and normalcy. People to people contact alone has the potential to end the chill in the relationship between the two countries and cricket can play a major role in it," he said adding that common man on both sides of the border wanted peace.

First Published: Aug 30, 2003 13:09 IST