Lahore: The Pakistan government gave clearance to its national snooker and billiards federation for organizing a bilateral snooker series against arch-rivals India in Karachi from March 7-10.
     
"It is a big breakthrough for sports and snooker because this bilateral series means we will also have Indian participation in the Asian Championship which follows in April," PBSA President, Alamgir Sheikh said.
     
He said that it would be after nearly seven years that a Indian team will visit Pakistan for a bilateral snooker series.
     
"The last time I can recall that an Indian contingent came in 2005 and played a bilateral snooker series but since then we had not got clearance," he added.
     
He said relations were also badly affected from the Indian side after the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks.
     
"Pakistan and India have always been close in snooker and we have got a lot of support from them. And their players are a big draw in Pakistan and will help us get more sponsorship and mileage for the sport," Sheikh said.
     
He said India had confirmed they would be sending a four member squad to Karachi for the series.
     
"I am thankful to the government for the permission which came after I met with interior minister, Rehman Malik who was also keen to promote sporting ties between both countries."

(Agencies)

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