New Delhi. Home Minister P. Chidambaram, who believes that sporting relations with Pakistan should not suffer due to diplomatic problems, is all set to play Frisbee with his Pakistani counterpart Rehman Malik in Islamabad on the sidelines of the SAARC Interior Ministers’ conference. The game of Frisbee, which could tentatively take place on 21st February, is being projected as a CBM (Confidence Building Measure) to boost Indo-Pak relations.
The decision to play Frisbee was taken unilaterally by the Indian Home Minister, but Mr. Chidambaram is hopeful that his Pakistani counterpart will reciprocate the grand gesture. Home Minister announced the decision in a press conference here, where he also showed the special Frisbee disc he would be carrying to the SAARC conference.
“This ordinary looking disc stores the desires of several million Indians who want to have better relations with Pakistan.” said Chidambaram as he held out the Frisbee disc towards the journalists. Before journalists of a particular media group could term the disc as a part of aman ki asha, Chidambaram was quick to give a new term to his initiative – flight of hope.
Furthermore, Chidambaram clarified that he would be playing Frisbee with Rehman Malik in a personal capacity and not as the Indian Home Minister.
“Let’s not confuse sports with diplomacy and individuals with countries.” Chidambaram defended his decision to play Frisbee amid reports that Pakistan was dragging its feet on the Mumbai terror attacks trial.
There was no reaction from Pakistan on the announcement by Mr. Chidambaram, but unconfirmed reports suggest that the Pakistan based terror group Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) had placed order for more than 50 Frisbee discs. It’s not yet known what does LeT intend to do with these discs.
Meanwhile BJP, the widely believed opposition party at the center, has questioned the wisdom of the minister and the government behind such moves.
“What if Rehman Malik gives a snub to the Frisbee offer? What if Chidambaram loses the match? Home Minister is giving Pakistan a golden opportunity to settle scores with us after the IPL snub.” BJP spokesperson Ravi Shankar Prasad said, questioning the Home Minister’s judgment.
Ravi Shankar Prasad pointed out that Chidambaram had winced and cringed back when a shoe was deliberately thrown off target at his press conference last year by a journalist called Jarnail Singh.
“He had completely misread the line of flight of Jarnail Singh’s shoe. How can he catch a Frisbee disc that moves so wobbly in the air? Clearly, Chidambaram is not the best of the Frisbee players in the country.” Ravi Shankar Prasad expressed his concerns.