Sunil Gavaskar approached Imran Khan through India Today and asked the Prime Minister of Pakistan to take the first friendly steps after the Pulwama terrorist attack killed 40 CRPF soldiers on 14 February. Jaish-e-Mohammad, based in Pakistan, took responsibility for the horrific attack. .
Gavaskar said he wants Imran Khan, as Pakistan’s prime minister, to take the first friendly measures and ensure that the perpetrators of terrorism are handed over to the United Nations. Harbhajan Singh, another Indian cricket legend, said he wanted India to boycott Pakistan in the World Cup, but Gavaskar decided to approach his old friend Imran Khan.
“I do not want to react to what these young players have suggested, but if I can speak directly, Imran, when you took over, you said it was going to be a new Pakistan,” Gavaskar told India Today.
“You said that India should take a step and that Pakistan will do it, I mean, Pakistan must take the first step, you make sure that those in Pakistan create problems, perhaps for the United Nations.”
“Take those two friendly steps and then see the many steps India will take, I am not a politician, you are my friend, Wasim is my friend, Shoaib Akhtar is my friend, take the first step, let old Pakistan stay. that first step and then see how many friendly steps India will take.
“If he takes those first steps, it’s a Naya Pakistan, hand over those responsible for the attacks, stop the cross-border infiltration, then you will see how many steps India will take, but I am not a politician, I am an athlete, but I am sure that the People in India will appreciate it.
“The first friendly steps … if Imran takes those steps, he will see the steps that India will take, I’m sure the people of India will appreciate it Imran has spent a lot of time in India, as a cricketer, as a visitor friendly to India and he knows the Indian people more than any other prime minister (Pakistani).
“I’m not asking for words, I’m asking for action,” Gavaskar said.
Sunil Gavaskar said he was not sure Imran Khan would listen to what he said, but added that he was prepared to wait.
“That remains to be seen, I’ve said what I have directly to Imran and I’m not even sure if he’s going to see this, but I said what I had to do through his forum, so now let’s wait and see,” Said Gavaskar.
“I heard him when he told me not to retire, I hope he listens to me, he told me” when I go to retire in England, “he told me not to, he told me that Pakistan will come to India and Pakistan. India and it will not be the same without you, but that was in the field, this is completely different, this touches many, many more lives than a game of cricket.
“Well, I have not known him since he became prime minister.” Once he sets out to do something and achieve something, he invariably tries to get there, forced to create a Naya Pakistan, so that Naya Pakistan flourishes, friendly ties with Pakistan it is absolutely essential, “concluded Gavaskar.
Sources have confirmed to India Today that CoA chief Vinod Rai asked BCCI CEO Rahul Johri to write a letter to the ICC requesting the world governing body to keep Pakistan out of the World Cup.
Last week, Harbhajan Singh had told India Today that India should not play its World Cup game against Pakistan. On Wednesday, Harbjajan Singh and Mohammad Azharuddin said that the World Cup was not bigger than the country and that India should boycott Pakistan in the tournament.
“The simplest thing is … what is more important? Is the country first or the first is India? Keep sports aside,” Harbhajan told Aaj Tak. “First, let’s solve the other problems.
“The World Cup is very small when it comes to the country, 40 people who have lost their lives, who is going to pay for that, we have to be united with the country, even if we do not play the 2019 World Cup, it will matter, “he said.
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