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Manmohan invites Gilani, Zardari for semis

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  1. Barney Stinson

    Barney Stinson 2nd Lieutant FULL MEMBER

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    NEW DELHI: Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Friday invited Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani and President Asif Ali Zardari to watch semi-final match between Pakistan and India in Mohali, Indian TV quoted.

    According to the Indian TV channel, Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will witness the semi-final match to be played at Punjab Cricket Association ground in Mohali.

    "I propose to be at Mohali to watch the World Cup semi-final match between India and Pakistan to be held on 30th March," Dr Singh said in a letter to President Zardari.

    "There is huge excitement over the match and we are all looking forward to a great game of cricket that will be a victory for sport. It gives me great pleasure to invite you to visit Mohali and join me and the millions of fans from our two countries to watch the match," he said.

    Dr Singh wrote a similar letter to Mr Gilani, inviting him and his wife to join him at Mohali.

    Manmohan invites Gilani, Zardari for semis - GEO.tv
     
  2. Coltsfan

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    Good PR move!!
     
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    AFP: India v Pakistan - the ultimate love-hate clash

    India v Pakistan - the ultimate love-hate clash
    By Ben Sheppard (AFP) – 1 hour ago
    NEW DELHI — The clash between India and Pakistan in the World Cup semi-finals will showcase one of the world's most intense sporting rivalries fuelled by nationalism, bloodshed and a shared history.
    The two countries have had a fraught relationship since Pakistan was carved out of India to establish a Muslim homeland when British rule of the sub-continent ended in 1947.
    They have fought two wars over the disputed region of Kashmir, another over the creation of Bangladesh, and they last came to the brink of warfare as recently as 2002.
    On the cricket field, a knock-out World Cup match on Indian soil is the biggest fixture between the two rivals for decades, and the excitement across the region is already sky-high ahead of Wednesday's clash in Mohali.
    After Thursday's victory over defending champions Australia, India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni said Pakistan were the ultimate opponents.
    "India v Pakistan in the semi-finals -- it doesn't get better," he said. "A World Cup hosted by the sub-continental nations and India and Pakistan making it to the semis."
    Pakistan coach Waqar Younis said that "there is no bigger rivalry in the game", while captain Shahid Afridi even expressed hope that a Pakistan-India match "could improve relations".
    Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said he planned to attend the match and invited Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari and Premier Yousuf Raza Gilani to also watch the game.
    "There is huge excitement over the match and we are all looking forward to a great game of cricket that will be a victory for sport," said Singh in his invitation to the leaders.
    The two countries had broken off cricket ties -- except for a couple of volatile Test matches in India -- for 15 years before India's historic tour of Pakistan in 2004.
    Fierce competitiveness, even hatred, is evident whenever India and Pakistan play, but recent games have also been marked by a sense of cross-border comradeship.
    The conflicting emotions reflect the complex state of relations, which are often compared to those within an estranged family.
    Pakistani flags have occasionally been raised in the Muslim slums of Hindu-majority India during games -- causing predictable outrage.
    More strikingly though, the matches in 2004 when the India side returned to Pakistan prompted an outburst of affection.
    Thousands of Indians were granted special visas to attend the fixtures, and many said that they had been greeted like long-lost brothers as taxi-drivers gave them free lifts and hotels refused to charge them for rooms.
    At the first game of the tour, in Karachi, the local crowd cheered both sides and even gave a standing ovation when India won by just five runs.
    The contrast between political and sporting links was again on display at the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi last year, when many outsiders were surprised to hear the Pakistan team given a huge cheer at the opening ceremony.
    Newspaper front-pages on Friday set the tone for the coming days. "Bring on Pakistan!" screamed the Mail Today in Delhi, as the Hindustan Times warned "Pakistan next test of nerves for India".
    In Islamabad, the Express Tribune looked forward to the occasion with "Rekindling rivalries: it is India v Pakistan," while the Daily Times predicted a "blockbuster" game.
    Whether cricket can help the two nuclear-armed nations to narrow their differences is uncertain, particularly as Pakistan struggles with militant suicide attacks, political assassinations and a collapsing economy.
    Diplomatic tensions have remained high since Pakistan-based Islamist militants attacked Mumbai in 2008 killing 166 people -- though the two countries' foreign ministers are due to hold talks in Delhi in July.
    Fears of another attack will mean a massive security presence in Mohali, and the Times of India summed up how the prospect of the game triggered excitement tinged with apprehension.
    "It's a match fans, organisers and advertisers have been fantasizing about, and the fact that it will be Pakistan's first on Indian soil since 26/11 (the Mumbai attacks) lends an extra edge," it said.
    "Fasten your seat belts."
     
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    Ermmmm actually it does get better......... India v Pakistan meeting in Final match is definitely better than meeting in semi-final.
     
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    Groper Gilli and Dus Percenti in India, together? Couldn't get better! :cheers:
     
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    Feel for our players..Theres already soo much pressure of the match and all this drama on top of this!!!!
     
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    If they can't handle the Pressure , they don't deserve to win.
     
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    Hey you I you can do Nothing but trolling don't bother posting!!!!!!!
     
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    There is already enough pressure on them. The Govt shouldnt have had added extra pressure by making this a political event.
     
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    I don't think PM extending invitation put anymore pressure on them. Do you think they really care if Pakistani leaders are there or not?

    And like it was said, if even after getting paid millions in fee and sponsorship and being worshiped like Heros, you can't handle the pressure then you do not deserve to win.

    Besides, I believe pressure is much intense on Pakistani players, since cricket and hockey is the only time they can claim to be "victorious' against India :tongue1:
     
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    It was suppose to be a World Cup semi final and now its become a political event too. I hope the players are immune to all this and are allowed to focus on the match. The media has already gone bezerk. They dont have track record of acting responsibly but i am hoping against hope they will spare the players this time.
     
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    U referring to that Sherry Rehman/rally video right?!:tongue1:


    Abt match:

    Festival time folks.:cheers:
     
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    Did you even understand what I said, and why?

    Of course. That's his nickname ever since. :tongue1:
     
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    If they can't handle the Pressure , they don't deserve to win.
     
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    Just figured out the Groper Gilli part:mrgreen:

    Didn't Zardari want to hug Palin couple of years ago?

    Gilani & Zardari are like Batman & Robin version of sexual predators, hopefully they can keep their hands to themselves when in Mohali.
     
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