Not a good time to talk about improving Pak-India ties after World Cup thrashing: PM Imran
Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday highlighted the need for improving ties with India, but cheekily said that after Pakistan's emphatic win ag inst the latter in the T20 World Cup it was "not a good time" for such a conversation.
Addressing the Pakistan-Saudi Investment Forum in Riyadh, the premier spoke about Pakistan's growth pential and highlighted the country's youth and strategic location.
"We have two of the biggest markets in the world neighbouring us, through Afghanistan we have [access] to Central Asian markets.
"We have excellent relations with China, but if somehow we improve our relationship with India — I know after last night's thrashing by the Pakistan team in the cricket match, it's not a very good time to talk about improving relations with India," he said.
The prime minister's remarks come a day after Pakistan made history by defeating India for the first time in a World Cup fixture. The win was Pakistan's first in 13 World Cup matches dating back to 1992 in Australia.
Speaking in Riyadh, the premier said that the two countries had only one issue — Indian-occupied Kashmir, and urged for resolving it like "civilised" neighbours.
What sports has to do with bilateral relations?
After 12 defeats you won.once
Does our PM think it will be better timing when we win the World Cup, inshAllah?
Kashmir is our core issue, if article 370 is revoked and plebiscite is conducted and peaceful transfer of IOK to us is done then we can allow trade with India and improve our relations and invite them in CPEC.
Is he really a PM of a country?
Very immature comment by a state head. It's a game, and results will change every match. The nation has not matured at all. The score line reads 12/1.
Not a decent statement. It’s sarcastic. Win should have brought humility and humbleness. Than when did Khan Sb has that statesman qualities?
Keep away from the sport. Just con trate on Petrol, edible oil, wheat, And other consumable items. The public is the threat of starvation.
With CPEC, they will all come running. India needs another normal leader.
Small pleasures for small people
India is not interested
Try and stay classy Imran Khan, and don’t behave like a child. Good win for Pakistan, but India doesn’t need Pakistan for it’s economic and world clout.
This whole cricket thing in the Indian subcontinent is just a joke. Ban cricket in these poor countries and cricketers should go back to their area of expertise.
Hehe! He is so
This guy played sports at highest level, yet can’t differentiate a match loss n economy of the country…good luck with this
IK, most Indians have been humbled by Pakistan's win, but the win has made you so arrogant - why?
Grow up Imran Khan. It was just a game. Nothing more.
Only a duffer and fool person can equate bilateral relations between two countries and sports results.
PMIK is the joke of the century.
India is not asking you to talk
A very small hearted man