Dawood Ibrahim in Karachi and you expect us to play cricket, says BCCI Secy Anurag Thakur

BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur

New Delhi, Aug 23: BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur has made it clear that there will be no cricketing ties with Pakistan until they stop giving shelter to mafia Don Dawood Ibrahim and not make attempts to indulge in dialogue with separatist leaders.

“Dawood in Karachi. NSA wants to meet separatists here. Are you really serious about peace and you expect we’ll play cricket with you?” Thakur said in a twitter message on Saturday.

The BCCI was scheduled to have a series with Pakistan in UAE in December but Thakur has made it clear that no cricketing ties will resume until cross border terrorism stops.

Addressing a press conference on Saturday, Swaraj had asked Pakistan’s NSA Sartaj Aziz not to make Hurriyat a third party in the NSA-level talks between India and Pakistan.

Swaraj said: “As per the Shimla Agreement, signed between India and Pakistan, whenever a dialogue will take place between the two nations, only India and Pakistan will be present.”

She further said that all the outstanding issues will only be solved after the issues of terrorism and violence end.

The press conference took place a day after India and Pakistan sparred through verbal and written statements over Islamabad’s persistence to meet with separatist leaders from Kashmir ahead of the proposed August 23 and 24 NSA level talks.

(With Agency Inputs)

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