LAHORE - Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) secretary M Asif Bajwa Saturday said Indian government’s refusal to send its team to Pakistan had ruined the bilateral hockey series which was to be played next month. Talking to the reporters here at a press conference on Friday at National Hockey Stadium, Bajwa said: “Indian government’s negative attitude has suspended this bilateral series and it is quite unfortunate for hockey in sub-continent.”  Both Pakistan and India were all set to resume a bilateral hockey series in which Pakistan team was to visit India first from April 5 to 15 followed by a return visit of the Indian side from April 23 to May 4. Each team was to play five matches each on home and away basis. He said Hockey India had informed the PHF that their government had not granted them the permission to send its team to Pakistan due to which this series was not going to held. He termed the decision a ‘negative gesture’ to harm the interest of hockey and called for keeping away politics from sports. He said now the PHF would not send its junior team to India for taking part in Junior World Cup later this year. “If they don’t want to send their team to Pakistan, we will also not participate in any international hockey event taking place in India,” he added. Bajwa said a lot of hard work was made to resume the bilateral hockey series after a gap of six years and when the stage was set to roll this event in action, the Indian government once again showed a negative gesture by not allowing its team for taking part in the series. “Sports give the message of peace and through sporting events, people from different nations come closer to each other but the decision of Indian government has damaged the cause of hockey in Asian region,” he said.  The PHF secretary said the matter of Indian government’s refusal would be forwarded to Pakistan government and the executive board of the PHF to draw a line of action in the light of decision taken by the government on this issue. “Now on our participation in the hockey events being held in India is conditioned with our government’s stance and we will not be making any commitment as the PHF always showed a positive gesture by welcoming any such move to resume hockey series or events between Pakistan and India,” he said. To a query, he replied that they were updating the International Hockey Federation (FIH) and Asian Hockey Federation (AHF) on this issue. “Indian government first granted permission to Hockey India for the series and then backed out of its earlier decision which is quite shocking and a step forward to harm the interest of the game in the region,” he said. "We condemn India's policy of mixing politics with sport and if they continue to do so it will be a big loss for hockey fans and for hockey in Asia. We will not play the hockey series on a neutral venue and now, if they agree to play a hockey series in the future, then India will have to tour us first," the former Olympian told reporters,” he added.  The PHF secretary said due to security concerns foreign teams were not willing to visit Pakistan to play hockey but the PHF was in process of dialogue with some hockey nations to arrange an international hockey event in Pakistan. “It is a challenging task to bring international hockey back to Pakistan and it needs a long term process but we have not lost the hope and are doing our best to revive international hockey in the country,” Bajwa concluded. Earlier, India's national hockey team announced Friday that it was calling off a series against arch-rivals Pakistan planned for next month amid growing tensions between the nuclear-armed neighbours. Hockey India secretary Narinder Batra said that the decision had been made at the instigation of the government less than three weeks before the start of the five-match home series. "The foreign ministry did not give permission for the series."