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Pak PM wants resumption of cricket ties with India

Islamabad: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif wants cricket between Pakistan and India despite prevailing tensions between the two neighbours, a close aide of the prime minister has said.

Sharif is an ardent fan of cricket. Vetoing a series between the two countries can never be a desired decision for him, The Nation quoted the aide as saying on Tuesday.

“The decision to bind Pakistan Cricket Board to seek permission for series with India is because there are no positive signals from India. Shiv Sena is promoting hatred and Sharif is concerned about the players’ safety,” said the prime ministerial aide.

He said Sharif was a strong advocate of Pakistan-India cricket like millions of fans on both sides of the border. “Yes, there are political tensions but we never wanted this. Sport should be taken as a sport,” he added.

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