India opener Gautam Gambhir has “endorsed” that India should not have any ties with Pakistan until cross-border terrorism stops. Gambhir feels there is a need to empathise with people who lose their family members on the border.
“I absolutely endorse that we should have no ties with Pakistan until the time this cross-border terrorism finishes, because I feel that people absolutely need to put themselves in the shoes of those who’ve lost their kids, someone who’s lost their father, son or husband,” Gambhir told Times Now on Tuesday.
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Gambhir further feels that there should be no cricketing ties with the neighbours, and no Bollywood connection whatsoever.
“Obviously I can say this sitting in an AC room, that we should not play or whatever, that cricket should not be compared with politics, Bollywood should not be compared with politics, but people who’ve lost their loved ones obviously feel … if you ask them, you’ll get the answer.”
Indian cricketer’s statements come after voices for a ban on ties with Pakistan getting louder. BCCI president Anurag Thakur, last month, also said that there was no question of playing cricket with the arch-rivals.
“So I totally endorse that until the time we don’t secure our own Indians, our own countrymen, all other things can be kept aside. I totally ensure that we should not have any relationship with Pakistan until cross-border terrorism is over,” Gambhir added.