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Pakistan's PM Imran Khan Likely To Attend Indo-Pak Clash At Dubai

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| September 19 , 2018 , 13:19 IST

The Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan is expected to attend his country’s Asia Cup group league fixture against India on Wednesday at Dubai International Stadium,

According to media reports "Prime Minister Imran Khan will watch the Pakistan-India Asia Cup clash in Dubai on Wednesday, diplomatic sources said",  the former Pakistan captain, left for his first foreign trip as prime minister to Saudi Arabia on Tuesday.

Imran Khan, on his first international visit after joining the prime minister office last month, was accompanied by Finance Minister Asad Umar and Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi at a time when the country is trying to avert a balance of currency crisis stemming from a large current account deficit.

Speaking to media, Pakistan's foreign office said, "The Prime Minister will call on His Majesty King Salman and hold a bilateral meeting with the Crown Prince, The two leaders will discuss issues of bilateral interest."

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This is the first time since 2006 that the two sides are facing each other in the UAE and the first India-Pakistan match since the Champions Trophy final in June 2017. Incidentally, Imran Khan was Pakistan captain for the majority of the matches played between the two teams in the UAE during the 1980s. Current Pakistani skipper Sarfraz Ahmed said in media that Imran’s presence will be "great for the match as he has fans on both sides of the border."

"From Pakistan’s perspective, it will be a nice feeling to see him amongst the audience as the Prime Minister of Pakistan as it will serve as an extra motivation for the side," Sarfraz added.