ISLAMABAD: Parliamentarians’ of the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) submitted an adjournment notion in the National Assembly Secretariat over Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan’s inviting the Taliban to play a cricket match.
The motion was submitted by PPP MPAs Imran Legahri, Shazia Marri, Ijaz Jhakrani, Kamal Khan and Abdul Sattar Bachani. The motion states that the interior minister invited the Taliban to play cricket during a sensitive time. It adds that Nisar’s statement is tantamount to insulting the people and security forces of Pakistan.
The motion said that the government should have to serious action while reviewing the situation. The PPP members have demanded debate on the motion while suspending the routine proceedings of the National Assembly.
On Monday Interior Minister told a group of reporters that a cricket match against the Taliban could offer hope. “I have information that the Taliban keep an interest in cricket. So if this message can go through to them, we can have a cricket match with them which can have a better result,” the minister said after an exhibition match in Islamabad.
Meanwhile Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) Spokesman Shaidullah Shahid rejected the interior ministers invite and said cricket was responsible for turning the youth away from Jihad.