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No national mourning for CRPF jawans but Centre wants to cancel cricket matches: Shashi Tharoor

Tharoor said the BJP wants to divert attention from its own fecklessness and inept handling of the crisis

No national mourning for Pulwama attack but Centre wants to cancel cricket matches: Shashi Tharoor
Congress MP Shashi Tharoor. (Source: PTI/File)

Amid calls for boycott of India’s match against Pakistan at the ICC World Cup in Manchester on June 16 over the Pulwama terror attack, Congress leader Shashi Tharoor said the ‘government did not even declare national mourning (after the attack), but wants to cancel a match three months from now?”

Tharoor tweeted, “Our government did not even declare national mourning wants to cancel a match three months from now? Is that a serious response to 40 lives taken in cold blood? BJP wants to divert attention from its inept handling of the crisis. We need effective action, not gesture politics.”

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Citing the 1999 World Cup which took place during the Kargil War, Tharoor said that India had won the match in that edition of the World Cup against Pakistan. He said, “To forfeit the match this year would not just cost two points: it would be worse than surrender since it would be defeat without a fight.”

Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad had on Wednesday called for a complete ban on cricketing ties with Pakistan. “I cannot make any comment [on cricket issues] except to say those who are demanding it has some justification. You can see many films and concerts have been cancelled. Things are not normal,” Prasad was quoted as saying by PTI. “Since it’s an international tournament, the ICC and our Indian cricket board (BCCI) have to take a call after consideration with our security establishment,” he added.

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Several people, including former cricketers have called for a boycott of the match over the Pulwama terror attack which killed 40 personnel of the CRPF. Pakistan-based terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Meanwhile, a meeting of the Supreme Court appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) is underway in Mumbai.

Read: CoA to discuss whether India should play Pakistan at World Cup 2019

The International Cricket Council (ICC) Chief Executive Dave Richardson on Tuesday clarified that there “no indication” that any of the matches will not go ahead as planned. “Our thoughts are with everyone who has been affected by this terrible incident… There is no indication that any (of the) matches at the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup will not go ahead as planned,” Richardson is quoted as saying by PTI.

While the International Olympic Committee (IOC) on Friday decided to “suspend all discussions” with India regarding the hosting of global sporting events in the future. This happened after Pakistani shooters who were scheduled to arrive in India for the ISSF World Cup in New Delhi were not issued visa.

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To this effect, a statement was issued by the IOC after its executive board meeting in Lausanne, Switzerland Thursday, saying: “The IOC restricted the withdrawal of recognition as an Olympic qualification event to the 25m rapid fire pistol competition in which the two Pakistani athletes were supposed to participate. This happened in the interest of the other 500 athletes from 61 countries participating in the other events who are already in India for their competition.”