Gilani accepts PM invitation for WC semi-final

Islamabad: Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has accepted his Indian counterpart Manmohan Singh`s invitation to watch the World Cup semi-final between the cricket teams of the two countries in Mohali on March 30.

The decision, which was taken following a late last night meeting between Gilani and President Asif Ali Zardari, has been conveyed to the Indian government, sources told PTI.

However, there was no official word on this from the Pakistan government.

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

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."

It said that Gilani`s decision to accept Singh`s invitation has been conveyed to New Delhi through diplomatic channels.

The Indian High Commission here, however, said it has not received any information from the Pakistani side in this regard.

Till last night, there were reports that Gilani and Zardari may have deputed Farooq Naek, the Chairman of Senate or upper house of Parliament, to visit India.