'Pakistan, India can coexist peacefully'

Imran says Afridi, Shoaib’s joining PTI should not surprise anyone

DUBAI – Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf Chairman Imran Khan has called for improved sporting and political relations between Pakistan and India and believes the two neighbours could co-exist peacefully in the region.

“My view has always been that cricket relations between the two countries are very important to foster better relations among the people at least,” Imran said in an interview to Ary News channel. “We can gain a lot but lose by having bitter relations,” he said.

He said that Pakistan and India could gain a lot from each other if they co-existed peacefully. He pinpointed Pakistani left-arm pacer Mohammad Irfan as a match-winner for the national side. “There is lot of general talent in Pakistan team but if you ask me we have one talent that no other team has and that is the pace bowler, Irfan,” Imran said about the pace bowler.

“I recently spoke to Wasim Akram and we agreed that if Irfan is taken proper care off and learns the art of top bowling and is groomed well than he can be a match winner for Pakistan,” said the cricketer-turned-politician. “If Irfan takes care of his fitness I see him playing a impact role in the next year's World Cup in Australia and New Zealand,” he said.

Asked about reports that players like Shahid Afridi and Shoaib Akhtar were close to joining his party, a smiling Imran said this should not surprise anyone. “Where else can cricketers go except join the party because they know me well and they know what the party stands for what every Pakistani citizen wants,” he said.

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