India have not engaged in any bilateral series with Pakistan and Harbhajan believed that the situation should not change. @ AFP/Getty Images

Veteran offspinner Harbhajan Singh asserted that India should not play Pakistan in the ICC World Cup 2019 in the wake of the dastardly terror attacks in Pulwama which claimed the lives of over 40 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel in the Jammu and Kashmir area.

Harbhajan reckoned that India are powerful enough to perform well at the showpiece event even without playing their arch-rivals.

“India should not play Pakistan in the world Cup. India are powerful enough to win the World Cup without having to play Pakistan,” Harbhajan Singh told Aaj Tak on Monday. (ALSO READ: Covering of Imran Khan pictures in India regrettable: PCB)

However, asked if both teams are required to play in the semi-finals or final, Harbhajan said: “We are too small to discuss what needs to be done – there are big people sitting in power who can take a call.

“What happens if we have to play Pakistan in the semi-final or final? There’s plenty of time for June-July. The people in power will need what to do. But nobody can harm India. What happened in Pulwama is tragic. We are safe today only because of our defence forces,” Harbhajan said.

India have not engaged in any bilateral series with Pakistan and Harbhajan believed that the situation should not change. (ALSO READ: IMG-Reliance pulls out from broadcasting Pakistan Super League due to Pulwama attack)

“We should not keep any kind of ties with Pakistan: we are powerful enough to feed the world on our own. Cricket, sports is not as important. We stand with every member of the defence force. Their sacrifices should not go to waste. Before cricket, the main things should be sorted out. How that happens can be decided by the government. Till those problems are solved, India should not play cricket or any sport with them,” he said.