LAHORE - Cricket should be revived between Pakistan and India besides exchange of frequent visits of artists and politicians for normalisation of bilateral relations, said PML-Q President Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain and Punjab President Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi during a meeting with an Indian delegation at their residence on Saturday.

The Indian delegation consisted of Indian Punjab Assembly Member Gurmeet Singh Sodhi and famous film actors Gurpeet Singh Ghuggi and Arshad Khan.

Shujaat and Pervaiz said cricketers, film artists and politicians had one thing in common that they enjoyed very close ties with the people and could play a role in normalising relations between the nations, which official channels could not do in years.

They remarked that the people of both the countries wanted peace. They reiterated film artists and cricketers could bring the people of the two countries closer.

The PML-Q leaders said they had taken a number of initiatives to bring the two nations closer and started cricket as well as other games between the two countries.

The Indian delegation members said the initiatives of the PML-Q government should be carried forward for bringing the people of the two countries closer. They said they were deeply touched by the hospitality of the people of Pakistani Punjab.

Gurpeet Ghuggi said they had brought the message of peace and brotherhood. He added he had special attachment with Pakistani Punjab as his ancestral village Killa Mandia, Bado Malhi, was on this side of Punjab. He further said he would visit his ancestral village as well as their sacred places.