Banning flags in World T20 is unfortunate, says Info Minister

Hairdressers paint the Pakistani national flag on the face of a cricket fan ahead of the Cricket World Cup opening ceremony, in Mumbai on February 17, 2011. The 2011 Cricket World Cup takes place in India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh from February 19-April 2 with 14 nations taking part in the marathon six-week tournament. AFP PHOTO/Sajjad HUSSAIN (Photo credit should read SAJJAD HUSSAIN/AFP/Getty Images)

ISLAMABAD – The Federal Information Minister Pervez Rashid criticized the sanctions imposed by Bangladesh Cricket Board for not waving flags of any other country in the cricket grounds and said that banning spectators from bringing flags of any other country would be unfortunate.

Rashid was speaking to media personnel when in reply to a question he said that sports should be kept free from politics.

He also said the chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board, Najam Sethi, was a good administrator and the team’s performance had improved under him.

Other issues

Pervaiz Rashid reiterated that Pakistan will not become part of any proxy war and the government is following the policy of non-interference in internal affairs of other countries. He said Pakistan would neither interfere in any country’s internal matters nor allow any country to interfere in its internal affairs. “Some elements were trying to defame Pakistan by spreading rumours,” he added.

The armed forces were responsible for protecting the integrity of the country and countering any foreign aggression, and they were doing their professional duty, he said.

“Neither any country has asked for deployment of Pakistan Army troops, nor we are sending them to any country,” he said, adding that the armed forces were performing their constitutional duties in the country.

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Hissan Khan is currently working as the Editorial Head of Pakistan Tribe's Islamabad Office. Having work as current affairs host, news analyst and C4D expert, Hissan holds a good command over communication and development strategies.

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