New Delhi: External Affairs Minister S M Krishna on Tuesday said the Board of Cricket Control in India should decide when cricket ties with Pakistan can be resumed as the government couldn't "dictate" it to do so.
"That is something the BCCI will have to take a call. Government can only be a facilitator and it can't dictate to them as it is their domain," he told reporters here.
The Minister was asked about the expected time line for resumption of cricketing ties on which the decision was taken during the visit of Pakistan Prime Minister Yususf Raza Gilani here last month for the World Cup semifinal match in Mohali.
The Union Home Ministry is understood to have given in-principle approval to resumption of India-Pakistan cricket ties.
On efforts to secure the release of the seven Indians held hostage by Somali pirates despite taking ransom, Krishna said "let us wait for the outcome of the efforts of the Cabinet Secretary. It has been decided that the Cabinet Secretary will coordinate the efforts to get the sailors released."
Rejecting the possibility of military action to secure the release of the hostages, the Minister said "no, let us not speculate on this and thereby give pirates an additional hand to hold on to the hostages. These things are done quietly."