India, Pak envoy to watch WC game together

(image) New York: While the Prime Ministers of India and Pakistan will watch the cricket World Cup semi-final clash in Mohali today, the top envoys of both the countries to the UN will together tune into the game at the Indian mission here.

Hardeep Singh Puri, India`s envoy to the UN, and Pakistan`s ambassador Abduallah Hussain Haroon will watch Indo-Pak match together at the Indian mission.

This is not the first time that Puri and Haroon have watched sports together. Last year, they attended the US Open 2010 where the Indo-Pak tennis duo of, Rohan Bopanna and Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi, won the semi-finals in the Men`s Doubles but lost the finals.

"These things are not meant to achieve anything directly but these will embellish the peace process," Haroon said, at the time.

Indians in the US will be waking up early to watch the match. But, the diplomats are not alone in their gesture.

Indian and Pakistani students at US universities are making plans to watch the game together at screenings being organised by South Asian student associations across campuses.

"It will be a huge thing," said Mohsin Alam, a 24-year-old Indian lawyer, studying at Yale University.

"I`ll probably go. I`m sure everybody else will." The Indian mission in New York will serve South Indian food for breakfast.