Pulwama Attacks: Indian cricketer Harbhajan Singh has been one of the strongest voices on the Pulwama terror attack that shook the nation after it claimed the lives of 40 CRPF jawans. He has lately urged Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan to take immediate actions against the perpetrators. “I can only tell Imran Khan that he should take steps so that these issues can be addressed and how they can be addressed, he knows best,” Harbhajan told India Today. Also Read - Eid-ul-Fitr: Virat Kohli, Shikhar Dhawan And Other Wish Eid Mubarak as Holy Month of Ramadan Ends
“We are too small to understand how these issues can be tackled politically. But there should be an end to this. An end after which not a single soldier of ours has to lose his life. Because every soldier is someone’s son or brother and only that family can understand the pain,” he added. Also Read - IPL 2021: Jos Buttler Hails Rajasthan Royals 'Captain' Sanju Samson, Calls Him Free Spirited And Relaxed
Meanwhile, Imran Khan addressed the media and said that Pakistan is not involved and actions would be taken if India can provide proof. Also Read - Cricket: Ramesh Powar Returns as Head Coach of Indian Women's Cricket Team, Replaces WV Raman
“India has blamed Pakistan without any proof. Pakistan has nothing to gain from this attack. Pakistan is moving towards peace and stability.”
Harbhajan on Monday had called for India to boycott the World Cup match against Pakistan this year to register protest for the Pulwama attacks.
“India should not play Pakistan in the World Cup. India are powerful enough to win the World Cup without having to play Pakistan,” Harbhajan Singh had told Aaj Tak.
Meanwhile, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Managing Director Wasim Khan said in a statement that cricket has always played a key role in building bridges between people and countries. He also expressed “extreme” disappointment over the removal of posters of Pakistan Prime Minister and World Cup-winning skipper Imran Khan in the Cricket Club of India, Mumbai, and elsewhere and IMG Reliance pulling out of the deal to produce and broadcast PSL 2019 in the aftermath of the Pulwama terror attacks.
“Unfortunately, denying India cricket fans the right to follow HBL PSL by blocking all digital coverage as well as covering or removing the portrait of former Pakistan cricket captain and Prime Minister Imran Khan and other legendary cricketers from one of the most historic cricket clubs and venues are highly regrettable actions.
“The PCB has also noted the recent turn of events and expresses its extreme disappointment as we have always believed and emphasised that sports and politics should be kept separate. History tells us that sports, particularly cricket, have always played a key role in building bridges between people and countries.” Wasim said in a statement.