Pakistani cricketers to get special security

Published: March 26, 2011
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India promises "state-level" security to Pakistan cricket team in response to apprehensions of a terrorist attack.

India promises "state-level" security to Pakistan cricket team in response to apprehensions of a terrorist attack.

ISLAMABAD: 

India has promised “state-level” security to the Pakistan cricket team in response to apprehensions that terrorists would try to target them during the ongoing cricket World Cup.

“Indian officials promised special security to Pakistan’s cricket team,” said Foreign Office spokeswoman Tehmina Janjua. “The Pakistan embassy in New Delhi is in regular contact with the officials dealing with security matters.”

She said she hoped that the Indian government would do its best to provide water-tight security to the visiting Pakistan team in India. The two teams face each other in the semi-finals on March 30 in Mohali.

To a question about visas, she said that India would relax its visa rules for Pakistani fans travelling to watch the match. The government is in discussions with the Pakistan Cricket Board  and Indian High Commission to arrange special visas for Pakistani fans, she said.

More than 5,070 visas have already been issued to Pakistanis to watch the semi final, according to Indian High Commission official in Islamabad. New Delhi informed Islamabad that those who have confirmed tickets would be issued visas as a priority, Janjua added.

She declined to comment on the Shiv Sena chief’s statement regarding threats to the Pakistani team. “It’s not the proper time to comment on the statement,” she said.

The head of the right-wing Hindu group said last month that Shiv Sena would decide if Pakistan should be allowed to play in Mumbai, if it reaches the final of the event in Mumbai on April 2.

Pakistan sent a formal request to New Delhi through its high commission earlier this week for special security for the cricket team.

Meanwhile, an Interior Ministry delegation is to leave for India to discuss counter-terrorism, narcotics control and humanitarian issues at the end of this week. The Pakistani cricket team’s security will also be discussed with Indian officials in New Delhi on March 28, a senior ministry official told The Express Tribune.

On Thursday, Interior Minister Rehman Malik voiced fears that the Taliban were active in India and would attempt to target Pakistani players in Mohali or Mumbai. Interpol has also foiled an alleged plan to target some cricketers during the World Cup in Colombo.

Published in The Express Tribune, March 26th, 2011.

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Reader Comments (27)

  • Subhash
    Mar 26, 2011 - 9:13AM

    Welcome all my friends from Pakistan to Mohali….
    Let’s all enjoy the match in a cordial & friendly manner.Recommend

  • Syed A. Mateen
    Mar 26, 2011 - 9:19AM

    God for bid if any terrorist attack will take place during semi-final or final cricket match, no international level cricket team will ever visit India again.

    On the other side India will loose earning foreign exchange as tourists will also avoid to go to India.

    Pakistani Ambassador should be appraised by the Indian Security Officials as what arrangements they are going to make to secure Pakistani Cricket Team.

    There is possibility that Pakistan’s President or Prime Minister, one of them may go to watch the final cricket match in Mumbai, in case if Pakistani Cricket Team will win the semi-final cricket match against India and after evaluating the security arrangement made by Indian Security Forces in Mohali.Recommend

  • Mar 26, 2011 - 10:01AM

    I think the match venue should be changed to srilanka or bangladeshRecommend

  • Waqas and Tahir
    Mar 26, 2011 - 10:41AM

    Just in One Line…

    Weather forecast for India; There is a storm coming, and it’s color is GREEN !!!Recommend

  • Deen Sheikh
    Mar 26, 2011 - 10:50AM

    I think the Pakistani team will be probably be more threatened by the Indian Shiv Sena over the so-called Taliban threat in India. Bal Thakray is a nothing but a racist extreme right-wing nut job, who uses racism and hatred for Pakistan to better his political position and garner support. For those that are unaware, his racism, targets not only Pakistani’s or Indian Muslims, but also Non natives of the state of Maharashtra, in the 90’s his party folks used to target South Indian immigrants, in the last ten years they have been targeting people from North India including Punjab, UP, AP etc. Recommend

  • Shiraz
    Mar 26, 2011 - 10:57AM

    They are just Barking Dogs, and they can’t bite, its somehow making a drama as to put some pressure on!. Team in Green should play with confidence.Recommend

  • Abdul Rauf khan
    Mar 26, 2011 - 11:10AM

    They deserve to get the special security during this wave of terrorism time.I wish all the best for my team and country of Pakistan.Go green GoRecommend

  • ashok sai
    Mar 26, 2011 - 11:41AM

    Irony here, Pakistanis (Cricket team) are secured from Pakistanis (Terrorist) by India.Recommend

  • Habib
    Mar 26, 2011 - 11:51AM

    @Saira Khan:
    Miss, we are a brave nation, facing threats and dangers are in our blood. Let them play there, that will be good for us, Insha Allah.Recommend

  • Live & let us live.
    Mar 26, 2011 - 12:07PM

    @saira_were u just kidding or ur tht dumb?
    they are way safer in India thn pak.Don’t u see your crap artists coming to India and try hell hard to get Indian citizenship.Recommend

  • IluvU
    Mar 26, 2011 - 12:40PM

    I hope the indian goverment gives pak team the same full-proof “state-level” security detail as the one provided by the pak government to the sri lankan team in lahore. With such security detail as the one provided by pakistan to the sri lankan, after all what can go wrong??Recommend

  • Kabir
    Mar 26, 2011 - 1:05PM

    lol! Its so funny the Pakis are begging for security. Its understandable that they cant help begging but security! LMFAO! Wonder how they live in their Lahore and Islamabad! I am sure the place must be full of underground bunkers!

    You will get all the security off the ground, but on the ground! GET READY TO BE BUTCHERED!

    Lahore will be just a small drive, and we will come to leave you at wagah, “With Full SECURTIY”Recommend

  • Abbasin Yousuf
    Mar 26, 2011 - 1:22PM

    I can understand Afridi having troubles with security given the Punjabi terrorists from Lashkar roam around freely in India, but why should the rest of the punjabis have any fear from their fellow terrorists. Strange, but then the punjabis always been very strange.

    Afridi Make Us Proud.

    India should ensure his security at all costs. We dont want a repeat of what the punjabi terrorists did to the Sri Lankan Team.Recommend

  • Ravi
    Mar 26, 2011 - 1:44PM

    @Syed A. Mateen:
    dont worry even if something goes wrong or a terrorist attack to be precise nobody can overlook india, they will have to come and play here because money counts and money in cricket flows from india to the world.
    Want an example when pakis struck mumbai in november 2008, english cricket team was playing test match in india.
    They immediately ran away to england but we brought them back in just two months.
    So don’t worry. Recommend

  • naUm
    Mar 26, 2011 - 1:57PM

    @Kabir:
    LOL! funny that all ur agencies/ paramilitary forces are trying to secure Pak cricket team. Just watch out PROTOCOL a cricket team ever received in a country, its enough to talk abt your fears. Plus its also funny that ur nation is bound 2 listen Pak anthem (TWICE) on ur soil.
    An Advice: after being BUTCHERED in ground on 30th, please don’t burn ur country and try to PRETEND like gentlemen and show sportsmanship.

    We also pray for the poor players of Indian team that they may remain safe from you guys after loosing. Recommend

  • malik
    Mar 26, 2011 - 1:59PM

    Good luck with both teams. Be friendly at ground and at discussion boards please. Give Cricket a new life and enjoy every moment :)Recommend

  • malik
    Mar 26, 2011 - 2:04PM

    @ashok sai, yeh just like indians saved pakistanis in smjhota express from indians terroristsRecommend

  • Live & let us live.
    Mar 26, 2011 - 3:16PM

    @myLick_
    Get your ride on the road.Recommend

  • Live & let us live.
    Mar 26, 2011 - 3:18PM

    naum__”…….dvice: after being BUTCHERED in ground on 30th, please don’t burn ur country and try to PRETEND like gentlemen and show sportsmanship.”
    You’re talkin about pakis,right?Cuz tht’s what pakis are all about.Recommend

  • naUm ka ABBA Jaan
    Mar 26, 2011 - 4:15PM

    @naUm:
    I am sorry for my Son’s views. I am sorry i could not send him to school and hence he has turned out to be a fool. He doesnt know why National anthems are played. Precisely why he doesnt know that since he objects to others national anthems; being the extremist that he is, no country wants to tour Pakistan, and my poor lil son naUm is left playing with himself. I sincerely apologise for his folly. – naUm ka ABBA Jaan. Recommend

  • Roflcopter
    Mar 26, 2011 - 6:05PM

    @Live & let us live. Sorry mate but Pakis don’t go nuts like crazy endians. It would be funny if endia loses, riots are sure to fellow. maybe they’ll burn down Dhonis house lmaoRecommend

  • Vinayak
    Mar 26, 2011 - 6:38PM

    @Roflcopter:

    Who is endian, enlighten me dear. Recommend

  • Allah The Great
    Mar 26, 2011 - 7:34PM

    @Vinayak:
    Endian (Defn:) Noun Form – A SUPERHUMAN human figure who possesses Infinite capabilities, is extremely talented and endowed with unthinkable levels of strength, wisdom and blessed with the strongest senses in all of Mankind. An Endian is nothing short of a human incarnation of Allah Himself (PBUH). An Endian is also blessed with extraordinary abilities to track down and hunt animals identified by the Phylogenetic Nomenclature of Pakis. (Adj. End – Ian –> One who puts an End to the PAKIS)

    (Usage : Paki : My Abba Jaan want to Kargil but never came back, probably an ENDIAN hunted him down) Recommend

  • LOL
    Mar 26, 2011 - 9:44PM

    @ All the Pakistanis who are sincerely worried about your team – chill out. India:

    a) Doesn’t have as many terrorists as Pakistan
    b) Many of the terrorists in India are Pakistanis so they wouldn’t attack the Pakistani team
    c) Has much better security than Pakistan

    Pakistani players are much safer in India than they are in Pakistan. I only fear for their return to Pakistan after India thrashes them.Recommend

  • Cherish Raj
    Mar 27, 2011 - 4:58AM

    @Pakistanis

    The match is in Mohali not in Lahore. The whole world knows how you gave ‘fool proof’ security to the Sri Lankans. Try to give security to your Bust Bust Afridi after he comes home beaten.Recommend

  • Raj
    Mar 27, 2011 - 5:02PM

    @Syed A. Mateen:
    Let me enlighten you a little ” India losing foreign exchange” its a myth, the propotion of foreign exchange generated from tourism is not that great its total is in region of 14,193 million USD, in comparison to Pakistans which may be floating in region of 100 million USD.
    Secondly even after mumbai attack, the tourism industry has shown growth in region of 10-15% year on year!! So rest assure this is not an issue.
    In regards to “no international team will visit india ever again” Well i can see you are speaking from experiance here!!!!
    The BCCI is the richest board, followed by ECB, Cricket Australia!!! I don’t see PCB anywhere!! except perhaps in asking for assistance and financial Aid!!!!
    In regards to security, you should appraised your own security, that is provided to your own ministers in your own country before asking others!!!
    We have responsibility to ensure smooth and safe enviourment for the game as we had done for commonwealth games too!!!!!
    I suggest you do some home work before making stupid comments!!! it seems your country is full of people who like to comments before looking at themselves in the mirror!!!!Recommend

  • Lashee
    Mar 29, 2011 - 3:18PM

    the most uncapable rulers of the world are pakistan politicians.the man killed his wife to become president. cheating the superiors to capture power. they are responsible for terrorism.they enjoyed when others suffereed.now they are facing the same sufferings.

    even bangladesh is hosting worldcup.but pakistana cannot ???. that is the capacity of Pakistan officialsRecommend

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