| GEO Pakistan|
| India wants to normalize relations with Pakistan: S.M. Krishna|
| Updated at: 1850 PST, Wednesday, June 03, 2009|
NEW DELHI: External Affairs Minister S M Krishna Wednesday termed the release of Jamaat-ud-Dawa chief Hafiz Mohammad Saeed as "disturbing" and added that India is closely monitoring the developments related to it.
At the same time, he said India wanted to normalise relations with Pakistan and would try to do so through diplomatic channels.
"The developments are disturbing. We are closely monitoring the developments," Krishna told reporters when asked to comment on the release of Saeed, who is the prime accused in the 26/11 attack.
When it was pointed out to him that India and Pakistan were playing T-20 cricket match in Britain even though the government had adopted a 'no cricket policy' with Pakistan after the Mumbai terror attacks, Krishna said the matter "is something that is to be dealt with by the Sports Ministry."
When Sports Minister M S Gill was asked about the ongoing cricket encounter between the two countries, he said the "match is on...It is good as we should play, and not fight." He jocularly added that "tonight I will find out how they are performing." On New Delhi's policy of 'no cricket' with Pakistan, Gill said "today is a day of celebration, we'll discuss the lengthy matter some other time. You asked about the match and I told you that we should play not fight."