India to issue 3,000 visas to Pakistan cricket fans

By AFP
Published: November 29, 2012

Official of Indian interior ministry says this is first time the government will issue so many visas in one go. PHOTO: AFP

NEW DELHI: The Indian government is to issue a record 3,000 visas to Pakistani cricket fans attending a series of limited over matches beginning next month, an official in the interior ministry told AFP Thursday.

“We will happily host 3,000 Pakistani cricket lovers for the matches. This is the first time that we have decided to issue so many visas in one go,” the source told AFP on condition of anonymity.

India is to host Pakistan for two T20 internationals and three 50 over matches from December 25, beginning in Bangalore. Matches are also due to be held in Ahmedabad, Chennai, Kolkata and New Delhi which will host the last game on January 6.

“One thousand Pakistanis will be able to watch the Delhi match and 500 will be allowed to attend each of the other games,” said the official.

“The BCCI (Indian cricket board) will be given all the necessary instructions to speed up the visa process.”

The rivals have not played a series since Pakistan’s tour of India in 2007, after cricket ties were broken following the 2008 attacks in Mumbai by militants from Pakistan.

The countries – where cricket is hugely popular – have fought three wars since independence in 1947.

The Indian and Pakistani cricket teams have met in international tournaments since 2007 including a semi-final in last year’s ODI World Cup.

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Reader Comments (39)

  • Animal
    Nov 29, 2012 - 5:31PM

    CIA involved

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  • Indian Baloch
    Nov 29, 2012 - 5:46PM

    Sincerly hope they will go back Izzat se after enjoying cricket!!

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  • Nov 29, 2012 - 5:47PM

    We will apply. We will go to Delhi and watch the match from Red Fort.

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  • memon
    Nov 29, 2012 - 5:53PM

    What do you mean by Izzat se….@Indian Baloch:

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  • PaKhtoon
    Nov 29, 2012 - 6:17PM

    @Indian Baloch: Pakistani Cricket Fans may have get in problem, coz of Inadequate toilet facilities in India…..lols

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  • Much Amused
    Nov 29, 2012 - 6:24PM

    @Indian Baloch:
    Dont worry. Being outnumbered they will be too scared to do any mischief.

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  • Much Amused
    Nov 29, 2012 - 6:25PM

    @Zaid Hamid:
    Dream on.

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  • Its (still) Econonmy Stupid
    Nov 29, 2012 - 6:47PM

    Countries should bar entry to travelers from nations still plagued by polio unless they have proof they have been vaccinated, a new report suggests. The report says the move would safeguard other parts of the world against the possibility of polio spreading from the remaining three endemic countries.Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nigeria are the only countries in the world that have never managed to stop the spread of polio viruses within their borders. The recommendation comes from a group of experts which critiques the efforts of the Global Polio Eradication Program.
    http://www.cbc.ca/news/health/story/2012/11/28/polio-progress.html

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  • Trippy Lucifer
    Nov 29, 2012 - 6:49PM

    @Animal:
    Nice way to discount CIA atrocities.

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  • dr dang
    Nov 29, 2012 - 7:42PM

    @Zaid Hamid:
    Funny hahahah

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  • Nov 29, 2012 - 7:54PM

    What’s the procedure? I am interested to watch the match in Delhi.Recommend

  • happens
    Nov 29, 2012 - 8:15PM

    that means another 3000 terr* and headaches…

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  • john K
    Nov 29, 2012 - 9:15PM

    For all aman ki asha advocates- look at most agreed reader comment on indian news sites such as times of india regarding these visas. Nice to see general views of hospital indians

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  • Amit Lunia
    Nov 29, 2012 - 9:29PM

    we sincerely hope there would be no receee for another 26/11 this time or the Indian govt would again proven as foolish as it was proven earlier

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  • omega
    Nov 29, 2012 - 9:43PM

    @PaKhtoon:
    but you have bigger mouth like your heartRecommend

  • J.Sandhu
    Nov 29, 2012 - 10:25PM

    the only ones watching the matches———–3000 pakistani fans. One word—boycott.

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  • nO..No
    Nov 29, 2012 - 10:59PM

    Arrange special hotels for them , with all facilities , so that they don’t have to come outside .Arrange tight security for them.Arrange buses for them which can transport them from stadium to hotel . These are because if they are set free , they will engage in violence and illegal works.

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  • john K
    Nov 29, 2012 - 11:02PM

    @J.Sandhu: might be better for you not to see india get trashed on their own surface, just like england did to them last test match

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  • Neech Zehniat
    Nov 29, 2012 - 11:25PM

    The number should only be 300. Have any one watched the movie of the same name ?

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  • Aub
    Nov 30, 2012 - 12:24AM

    Indian govt has mistaken..there may be law and order problem..

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  • Cautious
    Nov 30, 2012 - 12:44AM

    Positive step – should help support the proponents of peace – lets hope that no terrorist event takes place around this sporting events – if so, could be a game changer.

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  • Arindom
    Nov 30, 2012 - 12:58AM

    Hope all 3000 go back and donot vanish here….as happened last time….

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  • Arpit
    Nov 30, 2012 - 1:46AM

    @john K: the indian websites are useless. the comments are not filtered.. so any aira-gaira-nathhoo-gaira… can post anything.. so please do not mind … people keep blabbering.. and their percentage is small.. and given a forum where you can write anything you can imagine what nonsense people will write.. Ofcourse enmity exist and I am not denying it but people of India in general are very hospitable.. I think more people should visit India to have their fear removed..

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  • James
    Nov 30, 2012 - 2:04AM

    @JohnK
    Times of India comments are just for fun and timepass, some people comment to grab attention, . Since comments are not regulated people can post anything from all over the world, some even fake to be Indian . It does not reciprocate feeling of Indians in general.Recommend

  • James
    Nov 30, 2012 - 2:05AM

    @JohnK
    Times of India comments are just for fun and timepass, some people comment to grab attention, . Since comments are not regulated people can post anything from all over the world, some even fake to be Indian . It does not reciprocate feeling of Indians in general.

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  • Nov 30, 2012 - 2:38AM

    This is good sign but indian team should visit pakistan too.

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  • Nov 30, 2012 - 2:43AM

    But why indian team is not visiting pakistan? Pakistan is more secure than india.

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  • londonistani
    Nov 30, 2012 - 3:26AM

    How much Indians hate us is evident in the comments above……..

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  • Nitish
    Nov 30, 2012 - 6:04AM

    @ppl2013.com: But why indian team is not visiting pakistan? Pakistan is more secure than india
    Dude ,you must be joking.India will be the last team to visit pakistan if given the chance.

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  • Vivek
    Nov 30, 2012 - 8:40AM

    @londonistani,

    Well, while you have demonstrated your “LOVE” by almost exterminating the non muslims in Pakistan, we are still only talking about hate, by allowing the population of muslims in India to GO UP after independence.

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  • Es Kuma
    Nov 30, 2012 - 10:43AM

    @ppl2013.com: Really…ask srilankan cricket team.

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  • Es Kuma
    Nov 30, 2012 - 10:45AM

    request to indian gov. please make sure those 3000 fans leave india immediately after the series is over.

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  • M.E
    Nov 30, 2012 - 11:05AM

    A nation of more that one billion, is so insecure that they are having nightmare from only talks of visiting 3,000 people. Jay Hind hahaha……

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  • M.E
    Nov 30, 2012 - 11:54AM

    A nation of more than one billion, is so insecure that they are having nightmare from only talks of visiting 3,000 people. hahaha……

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  • Nitish
    Nov 30, 2012 - 12:46PM

    @M.E: Yes you r right.We r in shock after mumbai attack and really afraid of pakistani people.

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  • Impartial
    Nov 30, 2012 - 2:34PM

    Pakistan welcome 2,000 Sikh Yatrees with open-heart, while so called ‘secular’ Indians are showing once again their bigotry. Still Pkistanis are accused of being narrow minded.

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  • Saqib
    Nov 30, 2012 - 3:19PM

    Get ready Indians .. last time that was your uncle and aunties who suffer with only 9 Pakistanis .this time it can be you as well..huhuhuhuhahahahah

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  • JSM
    Nov 30, 2012 - 9:53PM

    @M.E:
    Do not forget we suffered at the hands of 10.

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  • Yusuf Khan
    Nov 30, 2012 - 10:00PM

    @Impartial: You will be a fool if trust an Indian Hindu. There is Not third class nation on earth than Indian Hindu. Don’t even give importance , This is how you treat them. This nation is so third rated and Low Life that it should not be even dialogued. Hope No other Hindu State Sponsored Terrorist like Col. Prohit will be Planting Bombs in Samjhota Express this time.

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