Cricket Ma­nia!

Southasia - - Editor’s mail -

Cen­tral Asian routes are not a re­al­ity. Air sup­ply is far too ex­pen­sive and Cen­tral Asia is un­in­ter­ested in get­ting in­volved with a war in Afghanistan and bear­ing the brunt of the U.S exit strat­egy. That leaves Pak­istan. With hard­line rhetoric aimed against the coun­try, the U.S. will have to soften its stance and treat its ally as an equal. Both coun­tries have much to gain from each other and re­cently, it is not the geopol­i­tics but rather the ego in­fla­tion on both sides that has wreaked dam­ag­ing havoc. Both need the other to sur­vive and suc­ceed. When U.S. troops pull out in 2014, some will un­doubt­edly stay be­hind and for that, Pak­istani sup­ply routes will be in­dis­pens­able. On the Pak­istani side, it will need sup­port from the U.S and can­not af­ford fric­tion, if it hopes to see a sta­ble Afghanistan postNATO with­drawal. A vi­o­lent, un­sta­ble and un­pre­dictable Afghanistan will be no big­ger a threat to any coun­try, than Pak­istan. It is im­per­a­tive then that the two work to­gether and the U.S fo­cuses on re­build­ing ties with Pak­istan rather than look­ing to­wards Cen­tral Asian sup­ply routes and wast­ing its time. Mar­jorie Wil­liams

Toronto, Canada

Cricket is un­doubt­edly the opium of the peo­ple of South Asia. It is no sur­prise that work comes to a stand­still and roads lie aban­doned when there is a cricket se­ries on. In many ways, cricket

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