Former intel chiefs moot cricket as a solution to India-Pak ties


LONDON: Two former spy chiefs of Pakistan and India have suggested resumption of cricket ties along with the urgent need for diplomatic talks and communications as a solution to the festering issues between the two countries.

Geo News reports that former Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) Director General, General (Retd) Ehsanul Haq, and former Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) chief Amarjit Singh Dulat made this assertion during a public debate at the London School of Economics' (LSE). Responding to a poser, both agreed that Pakistan and India should play cricket. Both spoke at length outlining the intelligence perspective of their respective countries, and agreed that war was no more an option, adding the leadership of both sides should move meaningfully towards speaking to each other at all levels and end communications boycott.

Answering questions from the audience, Haq said, “Interaction must be such that even when there is a breakdown in diplomatic relations between states and entities, the intelligence channel must continue because that becomes the last resort for venting and pre-empting crisis, the initiative for this has to come from the political level down,” reports Geo News.

While the former ISI chief said that Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi “ratcheted up harsh rhetoric against Pakistan as a political and electoral tool” to play to the local sentiment for political reasons, Dulat said that India has borne the brunt of terrorism and “Pakistan is also suffering because of terrorism”.

He said it makes no sense to him that India has relations with every country in the world but no relations with Pakistan.

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