Islamabad: Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has directed Minister for Interior Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan to ensure foolproof security of Pakistan cricket team in India.
Nisar Ali briefed Sharif on matter pertaining to security of Pakistan cricket team during its visit to India to participate in T20 World Cup, Radio Pakistan reported.
Diplomatic relations have been tense with Pakistan after the Mumbai attacks of 2008 and the recent terror attacks in Pathankot and Gurdaspur. This has delayed the National Security Advisor (NSA) level talks with Pakistan which in turn is showing its effects on sports.
Virbhadra Singh, Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister, has written to the Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh to either cancel the match or change the location of the match as it is being apprehended due to the fact that this cricket match might hurt the sentiments of the Pathankot attack martyrs’ families, which in turn could create intense situations leading to disarray.
Keeping in mind the controversies that is taking place in India, Nawaz Sharif directed that a team be sent to New Delhi to report on security measures in India to help take the final decision in this regard.
He also sought report from Pakistan Cricket Board on poor performance of the team in Asia Cup.
(With inputs from: IANS)