Ind-Pak Mohali war continues;Cricket diplomacy goes in vain?

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New Delhi, Apr 6: After a long time the two arch-rival countries - India and Pakistan tried to dissolve their political distances with Cricket diplomacy. The Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani had responded positively to Manmohan Singh's invitation to watch  the World Cup semi-final cricket match between India and Pakistan. Then the world witnessed the rare scene, political leaders of the two nations enjoyed the game in each others' company when both the teams were confronting on the field.But now it seems that Cricket diplomacy is all set to go in vain.

Pakistan lost to India in world cup semi-final. Now, it seems that the country again recurred its foe against India. Sources informed that Pakistan High Commissioner Shahid Malik, will soon lodge an official complaint against India. Malik will call Indian Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao and protest against the 'misconduct' meted out to its official during India-Pakistan Mohali match on Mar 30.

Indian security had detained a Pakistani Delhi based mission driver in Chandigarh during Singh-Gilani meeting in Mohali. Sources also informed that the Pakistan staffer had suffered minor injuries during his detention. Now, the country is going to file a formal complaint with New Delhi on Wednesday, Apr 6.

Meanwhile, Indian spinner Harbhajan Singh took a hand on Pakistani skipper Shahid Afridi over his statement on Indians and their supposedly lack of big-heartedness.

Harbhajan criticised Afridi's remarks on Indians as he claimed, "If Indians were not large-hearted, they wouldn't have made so much of progress and delivered growth. I think it's been an uncalled for reaction. It wouldn't help the love and respect with which he is treated in this country."

Afridi, during an interview with a Pakistani channel, had criticised the Indians for "lack of large heart, unlike Muslims and Pakistanis. Afridi also allegedly criticised Indian batsman Gautam Gambhir for dedicating the semi-final win to the 26/11 victims.

However, Afridi, blaming the media for 'misquoting' him, stated, "Media makes a big deal of small issues. I have been quoted out of context."

The war of words between the cricket players and the possible move by the top political leaders may mar the 'friendly' relation between the two nations. It seems that all lavish dinner and meetings are going to be bootless.

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