Pak­istan to as­sess se­cu­rity ar­range­ments in In­dia

The Pak Banker - - MARKETS/SPORTS -

The Pak­istan govern­ment has con­sti­tuted a three-mem­ber se­cu­rity del­e­ga­tion, headed by a se­nior di­rec­tor of the Fed­eral In­ves­ti­ga­tion Agency, to as­sess the se­cu­rity ar­range­ments for the Pak­istan men and women's team in In­dia for the up­com­ing World T20. The se­cu­rity team will leave for In­dia on Mon­day and will take a fi­nal call by Wed­nes­day.

The govern­ment had ini­tially granted the PCB per­mis­sion to play in In­dia, but the board has de­cided to put the visit on hold un­til they are guar­an­teed fool­proof se­cu­rity. The PCB's move was prompted af­ter the Hi­machal Pradesh chief min­is­ter Virb­hadra Singh had ex­pressed his state govern­ment's dif­fi­culty in pro­vid­ing se­cu­rity for the In­dia-Pak­istan match in Dharam­sala, sched­uled for March 19.

Chaudhry Nisar Khan, Pak­istan's in­te­rior min­is­ter, told a press gath­er­ing in Is­lam­abad that the three-mem­ber team com­prises Us­man An­war of the FIA, a PCB of­fi­cial and an of­fi­cial from the Pak­istan High Com­mis­sion in In­dia.

He said that it is the re­spon­si­bil­ity of the In­dian govern­ment to en­sure se­cu­rity of the Pak­istan team, as the World T20 is an in­ter­na­tional tour­na­ment. "I have asked the PCB chair­man to wait, and the team can wait un­til the se­cu­rity clear­ance is as­sured," Nisar Khan said. "We can de­lay our team's de­par­ture till we are sure that they will be safe in In­dia.

"If the se­cu­rity team's ini­tial re­port is pos­i­tive, our cricket team will leave for In­dia as per sched­ule on Wed­nes­day oth­er­wise we may de­lay the team's de­par­ture. We not only want our team's se­cu­rity in ho­tels and on routes, but want our play­ers to play cricket with­out any wor­ries in grounds where thou­sands of peo­ple will ac­cu­mu­late for the match. We will only give a green sig­nal for the team to go to In­dia once we get se­cu­rity clear­ance."

The PCB has adopted a cau­tious ap­proach re­gard­ing the se­cu­rity sit­u­a­tion. PCB chair­man, Sha­har­yar Khan, has said that the threats against the Pak­istan team are spe­cific and threat­ened to pull out of the tour­na­ment un­less the PCB gets a clear mes­sage about the se­cu­rity sit­u­a­tion from the In­dian govern­ment. He also called for In­dia to pub­licly ac­knowl­edge Pak­istan's par­tic­i­pa­tion in the tour­na­ment and to also prom­ise full se­cu­rity to their cricket team.

Pak­istan have re­turned from Bangladesh, where they failed to qual­ify for the fi­nal of the on­go­ing Asia Cup. Both the men's and women's teams are sched­uled to de­part from La­hore on Wed­nes­day for In­dia, sub­ject to the se­cu­rity clear­ance.

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