Pak gains in talks, loses semi

Gi­lani terms talks pos­i­tive Singh says wanted per­ma­nent ties So­nia, Singh in­vited to Isb In­dia reaches WC fi­nal, beat Pak by 29 runs Afridi says 'sorry' to nation

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Mes­sage of Mo­hali: Peo­ple of Indo-Pak want to live in peace and una­nim­ity: Singh, Gi­lani

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

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