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Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gillani calls Afridi

ISLAMABAD - Just two days before the most anticipated encounter in the World Cup - the India-Pakistan semi-final to be played in Mohali - Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani spoke to Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi over telephone and wished him luck. “Irrespective of the result, the team should demonstrate the best of sportsmanship and dedication to contest,” an official statement quoted Gilani as saying. He added that while accepting the invitation of his Indian counterpart, “it was in his heart to be present on the occasion to express solidarity with the players of the Pakistani cricket team.” “Afridi assured the Prime Minister that each member of the team would put in his best performance for a favourable result,” the statement said.