Should keep art, sports above political conflicts: Sitaram Yechury

CPIM leader Sitaram Yechury said, "We think that there should be no further escalation (between India and Pakistan)."

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Published:October 1, 2016 4:47 pm
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Amid growing protests to ban Pakistani artistes and sportsperson, CPI(M) leader Sitaram Yechury on Saturday said art and sports should be kept outside political conflicts. “We should rise above, and treat art and sports as what they are,” Yechury told news agency ANI adding that action should be taken against an artist or sportsman only if there is “specific information” suggesting that they are trying to do something against the country.

On the India-Pakistan tension, Yechury said his party believes that there should be no further escalation. Speaking to news agency ANI, Yechury said, “We think that there should be no further escalation.” Suggesting diplomatic talks, the veteran leader also said, “India at position of strength should initiative political and diplomatic move with Pakistan to eliminate scourge of cross-border terrorism.” He also mentioned that Pakistan’s interest in seeking closer closer defence cooperation with United States could be a “serious situation.”

“After India became USA’s strategic defence partner, now Pakistan negotiating closer defence co-operation with USA; serious situation developing,” said Yechury. Adding that India’s stature as an “independent country” was being “severely compromised”, he said, “This is the first time that an Indian Prime Minister didn’t attend NAM summit.”

On Wednesday, India carried out surgical strikes targeting terror launch pads along the Line of Control (LoC). Director General of Military Operations Lt General Ranbir Singh had said, “Significant casualties have been caused to terrorists and those trying to shield them. We don’t have a plan to further conduct such strikes. India has spoken to Pakistan.” The strike came days after Pakistan-based terrorists attacked the Indian Army camp in Uri, Jammu and Kashmir resulting in the death of 20 jawans.

Taking cognizance of the worsening diplomatic relations between the two neighbouring countries, United Nations General Secrtary Ban ki-Moon offered to act as a mediator between the two countries so that the ongoing disputes could be resolved. Ban appealed the countries to “exercise maximum restraint” in taking decisions. He also said his good offices are available, “if accepted by both sides.”

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    Abhinav Gour
    Oct 1, 2016 at 3:44 pm
    Political conflict? Sending terrorists to another country is a political action? Very cute. Dhakkan!
    1. I
      Oct 1, 2016 at 2:31 pm
      India is the home for more then 200million muslims and same quany is resident on east and west side of India
      1. I
        Oct 1, 2016 at 2:30 pm
        Openly Denying civil and human rights and you claim stan as terorist.. baby you need to learn the definition
        1. A
          Oct 1, 2016 at 4:33 pm
          Nothing is above life of;br/gt;NATION COMES FIRST... For everybodylt;br/gt;It should be valid and it's just not alone for;br/gt;CPIM has always let our county;br/gt;Bengal has thrown them in Bay if Bengal.. They have dragged Bengal to a miserable situation if they are given importance we will be doomed
        2. I
          Oct 2, 2016 at 4:29 am
          So.... he implicitly agrees that Modi has got India into a position of strength!
          1. A
            Oct 1, 2016 at 8:03 pm
            Yechury should persuade his Chinese comrades to help stan come to sense.
            1. D
              Oct 2, 2016 at 4:36 am
              Iss stani spy ko desh se bahar nikalo. Aur baki sab Communist ko unake malik - china mein bhejo.
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                Chander Pal
                Oct 1, 2016 at 1:55 pm
                Ram Ram, Sita Ram ji, please list out all those who need to be excluded, also those who should undertake award wapsi, any advisory for u s immigration when they repeatedly stop an actor from entering their country and also advisory for all those whose wives want to settle abroad......
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