Former Indian opening batsman Wasim Jaffer has suggested that ties across all areas, including cricket, should be cut off with Pakistan in order to put pressure on the neighboring country in the aftermath of the Pulwama terror attack.
Speaking exclusively to Republic TV, the veteran batter felt that the time has come for India to give it back to Pakistan, and it can only be accomplished by complete ban, and not just selective ban.
"If you want to cut down any relation, then it has to be a complete cutdown. It can't be that you are selective. We have to be very strict that it does not happen. A number of times it has happened earlier in the past, but sometimes we take it very mildly or forget after a brief period. So we need to show our stand is very stern," he said.
The 31-time capped Test batsman also mentioned that the Jaish-e-Mohammad, the terror outfit which orchestrated the Pulwama attack resulting in 40 CRPF jawans attaining martyrdom, should be given due punishment for their crime.
"If we (have) found out that they are the culprits (for Pulwama attack), then obviously (ban on Pakistan). Anybody who kills innocent people is not accepted at all. Now that we know those are the people (JeM) involved, we need to take strict actions without a doubt. Any life which has been taken for no reason, it shouldn't go away so easily," Jaffer added.
The recent set of events and the developments which have followed has put dark clouds on the upcoming fixture between India and Pakistan in the World Cup 2019. A large section of India has demanded their national team to boycott Pakistan at the biggest event in cricket.
Keeping all this in mind, the International Cricket Council (ICC) is set to address the matter during its meeting in Dubai on February 27.
Further, sources have told Republic TV that the BCCI, India's cricketing body, will hold informal talks at the earliest on whether India and Pakistan fixture should go as per schedule. While one section within the BCCI wants India to boycott Pakistan, the other section wants to go ahead with "wait and watch" approach.