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Mar 27, 2011 at 08:02pm IST

Gilani accepts PM invite to watch WC semi-final

New Delhi: Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has accepted Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's offer to watch the World Cup semi-final in Mohali.

Earlier, Geo TV and express 24/7 had reported Gilani has accepted Indian Prime Minister's invitation to watch the match together.

This decision was taken on account of the invitation sent by our Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. There was a long meeting held in Pakistan between Gilani and Pakistan's President Asif Ali Zardari on late Saturday night. The schedule is not chalked out yet.

It is said that Gilani's decision has been conveyed to New Delhi through diplomatic channels.

At the meeting, it was decided that "in response to the Indian Prime Minister's invitation, the Prime Minister of Pakistan will visit India to witness the semi-final (of World Cup) between the two cricket teams," Presidential spokesman Farhatullah Babar said.

He said that Pakistan had already welcomed Singh's invitation to Zardari and Gilani to watch the match.

The Pakistan Prime Minister's Office has released a list of 14 people to attend the match. The list includes Prime Minister, Minister of External Affair Indira Rabbani, Information Minister, Foreign Secretary Salman Bashir, three officials from PMO, 4 official media group.

'The News' daily, meanwhile, quoted its sources as saying that Gilani would informally meet Singh during the match and a formal meeting would be held after the game.

Separately, 'The Nation' newspaper quoted its sources as saying that Gilani would pay a two-day visit to India for a fresh round of 'cricket diplomacy'.

With PTI Inputs

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