Islamabad: Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf
Raza Gilani on Saturday congratulated Prime Minister Manmohan Singh
on the Indian cricket team`s victory in the cricket World Cup
and expressed the hope that sports links between the two
countries will be "fully restored in the near future".
In a message sent to Singh, Gilani said the World Cup
has been "successful in bringing the cricketing fraternity
even closer and making this sport more popular around the
Gilani "expressed the hope that the sports link
between India and Pakistan will be fully restored in the near
future and the sportsmen of both sides will continue playing
their important role for peace, friendship and amity between
the people of the two countries".
India tonight lifted the cricket World Cup after a gap
of 28 years with a six-wicket victory over Sri Lanka in the
summit showdown in Mumbai.
He also commended the "excellent performance of the
Indian team throughout the tournament as well as in the final
The semi-final between India and Pakistan, which
generated exceptionally high excitement and interest among the
people of both countries, also provided an "opportunity to
their leadership to advance the peace process and build
bridges of peace, trust and confidence", Gilani said.
India beat Pakistan in the semi-final at Mohali on
March 30 to advance to final with Sri Lanka.
Gilani visited Mohali at Singh`s invitation to watch
the match. The two premiers also held talks on the margins of
the match and agreed to resolve all outstanding issues through