Law and IT minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Wednesday hinted upon the fact that India may end all cricketing ties with Pakistan in the aftermath of the Pulwama attack, and there is a serious possibility that the World Cup 2019 fixture between the two countries may not be held.
Speaking exclusively to Republic TV at a time when a huge section of people in India are demanding Pakistan to be boycotted, the Union Minister said that it will be a disservice to the security forces and martyrs if India plays cricket with the country which nurtures terrorism.
"The cricket administration will look into this, but hugs, kisses and sixes of cricket coming along with the bodies of the martyrs, should be thought upon. But there is a system will discuss and let us know," he added.
Acknowledging the statement by Imran Khan over allegations of Pakistan's involvement in the Pulwama attack, the IT minister cited his remarks to be 'irresponsible' that lacked condemnation for the martyred or for the families.
"It is a very irresponsible statement and in the entire video there is not a single word of condemnation for the 40 jawans who lost their lives. There is no pretence of that as well. He did not show any sympathy to the family of the martyred. I'd like to say, Imran Khan did not say this by himself, somebody just wrote it for him and he read it, that too with 26 retakes," Ravi Shankar Prasad further mentioned.
Pointing out how India in 2019 is different, he reiterated how the Army eliminated the masterminds of Pulwama attacks within 100 hours and that the government withdrew the Most Favoured Nation status from the country thus causing instability in their trade.
He said, "I'd like to say it respectfully, that the India of 2019 is new India and we don't do what we say. Didn't the Army kill the mastermind of Pulwama within 100 hours? We salute them. If we said that we will withdraw the Most Favoured Nation (MFN) status, then we did it. We imposed 200% duty so tonnes of products are lying on the port of Karachi. They're unable to come. Pakistan's trade has become unstable in a way. We took the security of separatists."