Pulwama Attacks: India and Pakistan are slated to lock horns with each other on June 16 at Manchester for the World Cup clash. But, in the wake of the Pulwama attacks that shocked the country, there seems to be a growing call to cut all sporting activities with Pakistan. Congress minister Shashi Tharoor who is a big cricket fan took to Twitter and batted for the tie and gave a classic example of Kargil. He talks about the Kargil War when the tensions were at its peak, yet India played Pakistan in a World Cup tie in England and beat them. Tharoor feels if India do not participate, it would be like surrender. His post read, “Reminder: at the height of the 1999 Kargil War, India played Pakistan in the cricket World Cup, & won. 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.” Also Read - MS Dhoni: Twitterverse Unites in Support of Former India Captain to Win ICC Spirit of Cricket Decade Award
Meanwhile, the International Olympic Committee has come down hard on India after two Pakistani shooters were denied a visa to enter the country and participate in ISSF World Cup in New Delhi. India has taken this step in the wake of the Pulwama attack that left the whole nation in shock and anger. The responsibility of the attack was taken by Pakistan-backed Jaish-e-Mohammed. The attack is one of the deadliest ever on Indian forces, it killed 40 CRPF jawans and left many injured. The IOC has now decided not to entertain India in talks related to hosting rights for future events, until and unless a written clearance from the government is obtained.