A team of two Pakistani officials arrived in India on Monday to review security arrangements for a World T20 tie between the arch-rivals in Dharmasala city of Himachal Pradesh on March 19 that Hindu hardliners have threatened to sabotage, Express News reported.
Earlier, the officials had been granted Indian visas while a third official — a representative of the Pakistan’s High Commission in India — would join them upon the duo’s arrival in New Delhi.
World T20: Pakistani officials travel to India today to review security
Pakistan has said that its cricket team will not travel to India to take part in the ICC World Twenty20 until it is satisfied with security arrangements there. Authorities in Himachal Pradesh state, where Pakistan is scheduled to play its second match against India on March 19, have reportedly refused to provide security to the Pakistani team amid threats from Hindu hardliners.
Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan had formed a three-member security team on Saturday to review security arrangements in India and decide whether it was safe for the Pakistan team to visit.
The director of Federal Investigation Agency’s Lahore chapter, Dr Usman Anwar, will head the team that also comprises the chief security officer of Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and an official of Pakistan’s High Commission.
World T20: PM to send security review team to India
The team will meet the police chief of the Dharamsala city of Himachal Pradesh. It is also expected to discuss security arrangements with State Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh. The team will submit its report to the PCB.
Interior Minister Nisar formed the team after consulting Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif last week. He has asked PCB Chairman Shahryar Khan to wait for security clearance before sending the team to India.
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