India decides to resume cricket ties with Pakistan

Written by: Biswajeet Panda
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New Delhi, April 14: Is India being too accommodating to Pakistan and expecting to renew ties despite the continued hostility? It appears to be the case as India has decided to restart cricketing ties with Pakistan that had been snapped of after the 26/11 Mumbai attacks.

The decision to resume the cricketing ties was announced by External Affairs minister S M Krishna on April 13.

Surprisingly the announcement came just days after the disclosure that David Headley, the man who did recce for the 26/11 Mumbai attacks had informed a US court that the government of Pakistan, and its spy agency the ISI, had asked him to do the groundwork prior to the massacre that killed 166 people.

The recent developments, has given way to an increasing feeling among the Indian security agencies that the country might well be exonerating Pakistan over the 26/11 terrorist attacks.

On Headley's admission, the minister said, "Peace talks will go on, cricket matches will go on and simultaneously, our relentless efforts will continue to bring to justice all those responsible for the heinous crime against India in Mumbai."

He also informed that India will take up Headley's statement with Pakistan government and said, "There are no contradictions in that position." Speaking about the impact of the statement on the on-going peace process, he added, "I have said that both these things will have to go on... Just look at the Sharm el-Shaikh declaration."

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