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Indo-Pak relations would strengthen with Imran Khan in power: Waqar Younis

He was also effusive in his praise for Sidhu.

Imran Khan
Imran Khan. (Photo Source: Twitter)

The World Cup-winning captain and the newly elected 22nd Prime Minister of Pakistan, Imran Khan is ardent to make amend and work closely with their bitter neighbour India to bring peace between the two nations. This political sourness has crept in cricket also as both teams played their last bilateral series way back in 2007. 

However, Waqar Younis, regarded as one of the greatest fast bowler of Pakistan feels that things are likely to change quickly and stronger relations would transcend into cricket as well. It is no meagre task as both countries would have to be on the same page to achieve peace and prosperity in the region. 

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In an interview to Indian Express, Younis said, “I met him (Imran) two-three times after he became the Prime Minister. He knows it’s not going to be easy. But peace is crucial, important for the countries and the world. It’s time to move on. We shouldn’t be rigid.”

He also remarked, “Peace is important for our region. So whatever it takes to bring the peace… it’s not only up to the politicians, but it’s also up to every single individual. Every single individual should sort of work towards it.”

Effusive in his praise for Sidhu

Former Pakistan quick and owner of 789 international wickets applauded Navjot Singh Sidhu’s gesture of visiting Islamabad for the swearing-in ceremony of the Prime Minister on August 18. “It sent a positive vibe. Imran Bhai was very happy. Also, I think with his (Imran) vision, steps will be taken so that the two countries come closer. He does things that are unexpected,” commented Younis.

Imran Khan has got his hand full with his vision to transform Pakistan and the former team-mate, Waqar Younis asserted that vision and honesty are the two biggest traits of the new Prime Minister. 

“He is a great man. He has a vision. He fought his way to this position. He gave 23 years. God has given him a chance in politics and he has got to show the nation the path and set the roadmap,” concluded Waqar.

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