Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment Ramdas Athawale suggested that India should not play its ICC Men's T20 World Cup 2021 game against Pakistan on October 24. (More Cricket News)
He slammed Pakistan for the spike in terror activities in Jammu and Kashmir, including the targeted killing of migrant labourers.
The minister informed that he would be expressing his opinion to BCCI secretary Jay Shah.
He said that India must have an 'aar paar ki ladaai' with its neighbour to set things right. The minister of state said that there is an attempt to spread fear among migrant labourers in the valley from Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. "In J-K, attacks are taking place on migrant labourers, local Kashmiri Pandits are being targeted. It is Pakistan's ploy to not allow development in the Valley," the Union Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment told reporters.
The minister said there is a need to conduct another surgical strike against Pakistan, which needs to vacate PoK and stop terror activities.
Earlier, India captain Virat Kohli had played down the "hype" surrounding the high-profile upcoming T20 World Cup game against Pakistan, saying it's "just another match for us" despite the ridiculously high demand for tickets.
India have never lost to their arch-rivals in either ODI or T20 World Cup games and Pakistan skipper Babar Azam has said that they are confident of beating their neighbours on October 24.
Kohli however, when asked about the match, didn't take the bait to make tall claims.
"I honestly never felt so," Kohli said when asked if it feels different whenever India meets its neighbouring country.
"I have just approached this game as another game of cricket and I know there is a lot of hype around this game, more so with ticket sales and demands of tickets," the Indian captain, who has had some great performances against Pakistan added.
(With inputs from PTI)