Indian PM Narendra Modi and Pakistani PM Imran Khan are likely to visit London to watch world cup cricket matches in the same week of June this year and there is a strong possibility of both the leaders meeting.
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Sources in Pakistan have told that Imran Khan is likely to visit London for three days and will watch at least two matches in which Pakistan will be playing. A source in the PM House said that no plan has been finalised yet but a London visit in June is a part of the PM’s plan.
It’s understood that British government officials are keen for both countries to reinitiate contact and take steps for reduction of tension which flared up massively in the last few days after the Pulwama attack.
The source said that the new government in India will be in place by that time and Indian officials have indicated that either the new prime minister or the foreign minister will visit London to watch the matches.
The source said that British officials and others working behind the scenes are looking at the possibility of arranging talks between the two sides and have already spoken to relevant authorities in both countries. Election trend so far suggests that Narendra Modi will win the election again, albeit with a reduced margin of victory.
He has taken a harsh stance against Pakistan during the election campaign to win hardline right-wing votes but its hoped that Indian position of brinkmanship will change once the election fever is over and there will be calls from within Indian for constructive dialogue with Pakistan.
Pakistan will be playing England on May 31; England on June 3; Sri Lanka on June 7; Aussies on June 12 and the big match against India will be on June 16. India will be playing South Africa on June 5; Australia on June 5; New Zealand on June 13.