US all for 'cricket diplomacy' between Pakistan-India

Americans generally don't know much about cricket but they like it when Pakistan and India play: State Department


July 24, 2012

WASHINGTION: The United States on Tuesday came out in support for Pakistan-India cricket diplomacy and hoped that in addition to the progress on trade relations, the two South Asian rivals could now also move forward on trust building, counter-terrorism cooperation and tackling key political issues.    

According to the State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland, Americans generally don't know much about cricket, but they like it when Pakistan and India play each other.

"We're for cricket.  We don't understand it, but we like it," Nuland said amid laughter during the daily briefing.

In the larger context of Pakistan-India relations, the State Department spokesperson said Washington shares the "interest of people in India, people in Pakistan - in seeing these two countries continuing to improve their relationship."

"We have been supportive in all of our diplomatic encounters at every level with the Indian side, with the Pakistani side in some of the progress that they've made," Nuland noted. She was appreciative that Islamabad and New Delhi have made "considerable progress" on the economic side.

"We are encouraging them to do better on issues like sharing counter-terrorism information, dealing with threats to both countries, moving forward to work on trust building and political issues, so we will continue to support dialogue between them at every level, but it's obviously up to Indians and Pakistanis to continue to work on this."

Regarding dealing with the aftermath of the 2008 Mumbai bombings - that came as a setback for a five-year old South Asian peace process - and bringing people to justice, the spokesperson said, that the issue "comes up in all of our discussions with Indians and with Pakistanis."

"And we'll continue to advocate for full justice being served, not least because Americans lost their lives as well."

COMMENTS (22)

Mohd Butt | 8 years ago | Reply

@Hegdefunder: Well in this case when the ship is in danger and capiton's ability in question then it is responsibility of all the passengers to take part to safe the ship, the more any one have knowladge more bigger responsible role has to play, when your problem is only your problem then may be selfish works, but when your problem is effecting me also then I must help you to fix it. Extending help may be selfish act, but good for both of us. Got me.

Hegdefunder | 8 years ago | Reply

@Mohd Butt: Well its tragic really, as i remember Pakistan being vibrant and cosmopolitan society in mid 70s, as i use to visit Karachi with friends for vacations, and i have seen the difference that it is today as i visited Islamabad in 2011 with trade body and was unable to visit friends in Karachi as it was virtually a no go area, due to the violence. The problem with Pakistan is simply that the educated and capable people have packed up and left the country. Furthermore there is a whole generation of Madrassa educated illitrates who simply are not going to assist to turnaround this Country, but may cause obstacles.

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