In his first-ever interview after the deplorable Pulwama terror attack, Home Minister Rajnath Singh ruled out any possibility of India playing with Pakistan in World Cup 2019. Speaking to Republic TV's Editor-in-Chief Arnab Goswami, Mr Singh made it perfectly clear that there should be no question of a match between India and Pakistan after the ghastly attack.
"Pakistan ke saath cricket bilkul nahi khelna chahiye. Kitna bhi nuksan hojaye. Yeh mera vyaktigat padh hai. Bilkul nahi karna chahiye. (We should not play cricket with Pakistan even if we have to suffer monetary loss. There should be no match".
At a time when the entire nation is shocked at the cowardly terror attack by Pakistan, BCCI has also prepared a draft letter asking the ICC to ban Pakistan from participating in the upcoming World Cup. When asked about the call for action by the BCCI, the Union Minister said:
"Ispe toh swayam board ko faisla karna chahiye. Mai bhi manta hoon ke Pulwama ke baad cricket match ka prashan hi khatam hogaya. Ho hi nahi sakta. (The board should take a call on this. I truly believe that after Pulwama attack, there is no question of a cricket match with Pakistan. Not possible, none at all."
In an unprecedented move, Committee of Administrators (CoA), a Supreme Court-appointed body is likely to meet on Friday to comprehensively discuss Pakistan's participation in the World Cup hosted by England this year.
After the deplorable Pulwama terror attack against Indian soldiers, calls for an all-round boycott of Pakistan have rung across the entire nation. Earlier on Thursday, the United Nations Security Council issued a strong note of condemnation and named the Jaish-e-Mohammad. The Modi government's efforts in the wake of the attack to garner global consensus against Pakistan's continued backing and export of terrorism have overcome months, potentially years, of China's backing for its 'all-weather friend'.