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Aam Aadmi Party MLA Atishi on Tuesday said it will not be right for India to play cricket with Pakistan unless attacks on Indian soil and the targeting of citizens stop.
Atishi was referring to the spate of civilian killings in Jammu and Kashmir in October. As many as 12 civilians, including migrant workers, have been killed in the Union Territory this month.
One person was shot dead by the Central Reserve Police Force, while the remaining 11 were killed by militants. The Resistance Front, believed to be an offshoot of Pakistan-based terror group Lashkar-e-Taiba, has claimed responsibility for most of killings.
In these circumstances, the Aam Aadmi Party asked why India should play the sport with Pakistan. The two teams are scheduled to face off in a match in the United Arab Emirates on October 24.
“In the last few days, again and again, we have seen how people are being attacked in Kashmir, be it local residents or those who have come to the Union territory from other parts of the country,” Atishi said at a press briefing.
The MLA added that even Prime Minister Narendra Modi would agree that cricket matches between India and Pakistan should not happen. “When the prime minister was in the…