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MOHALI: Though Pakistan cricket team lost its crucial match to India in the World Cup semifinal Wednesday by 29 runs, but on the political front Prime Minister Gilani is said to have gained with his India visit, as it proved a thaw in Indo-Pak frozen relations.
According to the media, Prime Minister Gilani termed his talks with Indian counterpart as positive and said they talked about the core issues between the two nuclear rivals.
Prime Minister Gilani said he invited the Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress President Sonia Gandhi to visit Pakistan.
Prime Minister Gilani the semifinal between said
the cricket teams of Pakistan and India is positive in bringing the two leadership and nations together, media quoted him as saying.
"This match brought the peoples and leadership of the two countries together. This, I believe is the positive outcome of today's semi-final," Gilani said.
Gilani said winning or losing a game does not matter much than its quality and the team spirit. He congratulated both the teams for demonstrating sportsmanship and quality game.
He conveyed special felicitations to India's winning team for showing better performance and determination. However he said the Pakistan team did put up the resistance and played well but it was not their day.
He hoped that there would be other occasions when both teams would play with each other, both in India and Pakistan.
The Prime Minister conveyed to the people of India that
Pakistan desires good neighborly relations with India.
"The resolution of all issues through dialogue will bring peace and prosperity to our people," he said.
Meanwhile, Indian Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao said that the meeting of Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani was "extremely positive and encouraging".
"I think every such meeting between the leaders of the two countries generates an extremely positive momentum," Rao told a news conference during the match.
"I would like to emphasise this is re-engagement between India and Pakistan."
Parliamentary leaders of various political parties and Federal Ministers accompanied with the Prime Minister Gilani were also present during the meeting. While Congress President
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MOHALI: Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani sits beside Chief of India's ruling Congress party Sonia Gandhi at a dinner hosted by Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in Mohali. Reuters