Two-mem­ber se­cu­rity as­sess­ment team granted In­dian visa ahead of World T20

The Pak Banker - - NATIONAL -

The In­dian high com­mis­sion on Sun­day is­sued visas to a two-mem­ber Pak­istani se­cu­rity team which will as­sess the se­cu­rity sit­u­a­tion in the neigh­bour­ing coun­try ahead of the Pak­istan cricket team's visit there for the up­com­ing ICC World Twenty20 event.

"All ar­range­ments are com­plete for the se­cu­rity team to leave for In­dia on Mon­day," said a state­ment by the Pak­istan in­te­rior min­istry.

"The se­cu­rity team com­prises three mem­bers - Di­rec­tor FIA Us­man An­war and Col. Azam from the Min­istry of In­te­rior will leave from Pak­istan while the third mem­ber will join them from the Pak­istan high com­mis­sion in New Delhi."

"The team will meet the Chief Min­is­ter Hi­machal Pradesh and the state po­lice chief and will pre­pare a re­port which will be sent to the Pak­istan Cricket Board (PCB) and Fed­eral In­te­rior Min­is­ter Chaudhry Nisar," the state­ment added. Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said a day ago that a se­cu­rity team had been con­sti­tuted and will de­part on Mon­day for In­dia, to en­sure that the Pak­istani cricket team is pro­vided com­plete se­cu­rity while par­tic­i­pat­ing in the ICC Twenty20 World Cup.

He elab­o­rated and said, "I have asked the PCB chair­man to wait, and the team can wait un­til the se­cu­rity clear­ance is as­sured."

Nisar said that it is the re­spon­si­bil­ity of the In­dian govern­ment to en­sure se­cu­rity of the Pak­istani team, as the world cup is an in­ter­na­tional tour­na­ment, and In­dia should en­sure that se­cu­rity is pro­vided to all par­tic­i­pants. The team will hold meet­ings with the Board of Con­trol for Cricket in In­dia (BCCI) and will also meet se­nior In­dian se­cu­rity of­fi­cials to en­sure se­cu­rity for the Pak­istan team. The govern­ment of the north­ern state of Hi­machal Pradesh re­fused to pro­vide se­cu­rity for the up­com­ing World T20 tie, cit­ing a Jan­uary at­tack on an In­dian army base.

Chief Min­is­ter Virb­hadra Singh said last Sun­day that the match should be moved to an­other venue out of re­spect for the "mar­tyrs" killed in the as­sault by mil­i­tants on an In­dian air force base in neigh­bour­ing Pun­jab. He has threat­ened not to pro­vide se­cu­rity for Pak­istan's play­ers at the Hi­machal Pradesh cricket ground in the Hi­malayan town of Dharam­sala where the clash is due to take place.

The Pak­istan cricket team are sched­uled to kick off their World T20 cam­paign on March 16 at Kolkata be­fore they travel to Dharam­sala for the high-pro­file en­counter with arch-ri­vals In­dia.

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