Let's not harp on past, says Shinde

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HY­DER­ABAD

Stat­ing that sports should be kept free of pol­i­tics, Union home min­is­ter Sushilku­mar Shinde Fri­day said the Pak­istan cricket team's tour of In­dia next month should be wel­comed.

"Any player from any­where can come to In­dia and play here. We can­not re­strict.... We must have friendly re­la­tions. What has hap­pened in the past, all the time we should not re­peat it," Shinde was quoted as say­ing by PTI as telling re­porters af­ter the pass­ing-out parade of In­dian Po­lice Ser­vice trainees at the Sar­dar Val­lab­hb­hai Pa­tel Na­tional Po­lice Academy.

Asked about the op­po­si­tion of the Shiv Sena and the Ma­ha­rash­tra Navnir­man Sena to the tour, Shinde said, "Sports­man­ship should be main­tained. Cricket as a sport is cer­tainly wel­come. It should be free from pol­i­tics."

He said if any meet­ing took place on the side­lines of the up­com­ing In­ter­pol meet­ing in Rome (from Novem­ber 5), he would take up visa is­sues with his Pak­istani coun­ter­part, Rehman Ma­lik.

He said In­dia had ex­pressed its will­ing­ness to move ahead on the re­cently signed lib­er­alised visa agree­ment. "Re­gard­ing visa [mat­ters], we are ready. But we are told that they [Pak­istan] are not ready at the mo­ment.

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