Union Sports minister Vijay Goel said the relations between India and Pakistan can be cordial only after the neighbouring country stops sponsoring cross border terrorism.

Goel's statement came days after the government refused to issue visa to Pakistani squash and wrestling teams which were scheduled to participate in Asian Championship.

"Terrorism and sports can't go along and Pakistan should understand that. The relation between India and Pakistan can be cordial only after Pakistan stops sponsoring cross border terrorism," Source quoted Goel as saying on the sidelines of the announcement of National Youth Awards in Delhi.

"India take these things very seriously. We are not at loss, our decision to stop bilateral sporting ties with Pakistan will force Pakistani people to put pressure on their government to act against terrorism. "The entire world knows Pakistan is sponsoring terrorism," he added.

 

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