Rotary Club's Pakistan cricket team expelled from India during match

Published: February 25, 2012
Indian CIA interrogates Pakistani team during match, expels for carrying wrong visas.

Indian CIA interrogates Pakistani team during match, expels for carrying wrong visas.

Rotary Club’s Pakistan cricket team was expelled from India on Saturday during a match in Mumbai after Indian Central Investigative Agency (CIA) found that the team had the wrong visa.

According to Express News, the CIA team reached the cricket ground where Pakistan was playing against India in the Wapi area of Mumbai and called for an investigation into the Pakistani team’s visas.

The CIA found that the Pakistani team was carrying a visa for Daman, an area of Mumbai adjacent to Wapi, and thus ordered the expulsion of the team.

After a 2-3 hour long interrogation, the Pakistani team was sent to Delhi from Mumbai where they departed for Pakistan.

The authorities in India expressed shock over the incident and claimed that they were not aware that there were different visas for Daman and Wapi areas. They requested the CIA to pardon the team, but to no avail.

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  • Raj
    Feb 25, 2012 - 5:30PM

    This is sheer ignorance on the organizers part. They thought to take a chance with the foreign team and it did not work for them. Added to that foreign team got harassed which did not help to improve relations between two countries.


  • Sheikh Alu Bukhara
    Feb 25, 2012 - 5:49PM

    Don’t really blame the Indians after the jokers we sent to Mumbai 3 years ago.


  • Zeta
    Feb 25, 2012 - 5:55PM

    expel the indian ambassdor from islamabad


  • Ahmed Baksh
    Feb 25, 2012 - 6:04PM

    Now isnt this is simply idiotic!!


  • Nasir
    Feb 25, 2012 - 6:09PM

    Aman ki aasha?


  • sohaib
    Feb 25, 2012 - 6:57PM

    @Sheikh Alu Bukhara
    What about jokers that RAW have sent us over the years to our country that have been languishing in our jails on terrorism charges? Stop being apologetic.

    Aman ki Asha anyone? Do Indians deserve a hand of friendship? Reminds me of Shahid Afridi’s comment which was so true.


  • Rakib
    Feb 25, 2012 - 7:00PM

    Daman is an ex-Portuguese colony and it is Union Territory administered directly from Delhi. Vapi is very near Daman but it happens to be in Narendra Modi run Gujarat. Pakistan Rotary Club should have thought well before sending the team to Gujarat of all the places! Legally these are two different States/Locations requiring separate visas for Pakistanis. Apart from beaches & seashore, only attraction that Daman has for players of Rotary Worldwide, especially from Australia/Canada/England, is absence of prohibition there unlike Gujarat which is “dry” and officially alcohol is banned there. Incidentally, there is no CIA in India; it may be NIA.


  • Iron
    Feb 25, 2012 - 7:03PM

    Surprisingly no Indians are commenting on this.

    This is not organisers fault but instead the fault of visa issuers. They would had defo been informed of the city where team is going to play the game. Shame on the authorities.


  • mani
    Feb 25, 2012 - 7:05PM

    hur choopo…


  • wah wah
    Feb 25, 2012 - 7:13PM

    were the Indians losing the match?


  • Feb 25, 2012 - 7:16PM

    Indians ture face


  • Deb
    Feb 25, 2012 - 7:26PM

    A simple case of flouting the rules and procedural lapse.The authorities have little choice in such cases but follow the rules.
    Organisers should have been more diligent considering they were hosting a foreign country sharing not a particularly friendly relationship. .


  • bob
    Feb 25, 2012 - 7:27PM

    Did the team land in wapi thru a UFO.. didnt they ask them at the airport there purpose of visit…i fail 2 understand the mechanics here….
    This is how the story goes..(in my mind that is)…
    After the arrival of the team , they went to Wapi or whtever to play the match , in the meantime as a gud intel service, CIA must be going thru the scanned copies of the PAKISTANI nationals, during which they must be trying hard 2 find the EXACT purpose of their visit… having found nothing objectionable, they found another way 2 embarrass them or US (depending upon ones level of patriotism)…anyways CIA is really not 2 b blamed, they did their job…As for the Organizers….@U&% @O%


  • grain of truth
    Feb 25, 2012 - 7:43PM

    ha ha,, what a laughing stock the Indians have become… the more the Pakistanis try and accommodate the Indians the more arrogant they will become.. what utter distasteful behavior by Indian officials..
    how can the people become one when these officials cannot bend over and assist in the reconciliation process.???Recommend

  • ather
    Feb 25, 2012 - 7:46PM

    our most favored nation???????????????????????????????????????????????


  • BlackJack
    Feb 25, 2012 - 7:53PM

    This is really ridiculous – red tapism at its worst!


  • Ali
    Feb 25, 2012 - 8:02PM

    and our nation will still die to watch their movies listen to their songs and dance on their beats. we have completely lost our ghairat. no honor no dignity.

    as I say always…we are morally corrupt indianized Pakistanis.


  • 99
    Feb 25, 2012 - 8:09PM

    Bunch of jokers on the Indian side. Some sanity should have prevailed and they should have either been given visas for the relavant area or sent back to the area where they had visas for. Deporting them back is just insanity. These visa laws are a bit draconian in my opinion but post the mumbai attack the Indian govt. im guessing has got even more strickter. As fate may have it the terrorists who attacked India didnt come with a visa.


  • IndiKid
    Feb 25, 2012 - 8:36PM

    Stupid organizers, no fault of Pakistani team.


  • ahmed
    Feb 25, 2012 - 8:41PM

    @Pakistan politics: Why are you blaming whole India for this ? You should read the whole article..It’s a fault of organizers. They should be blamed.

    If you are carrying a visa for “daman and diu” then how can you bring players in mumbai ?? Organizers must have thought that they can get away with this.

    I supports CIA’s act. They should always be proactive. You never know the real motive of non state actors of Pakistan. When people are freely moving and chanting “death to India” then India needs to be proactive.


  • Feb 25, 2012 - 8:55PM

    Pakistani team deserved this…


  • whoever
    Feb 25, 2012 - 8:56PM

    Though I justify this act , but wanna know why Indian authorities who were in charge of this event arrested ?These authorities are putting countries security in danger …


  • Muhammad
    Feb 25, 2012 - 9:03PM

    @Sheikh Alu Bukhara:
    They were not jokers but cold blooded killers.


  • Muhammad
    Feb 25, 2012 - 9:04PM

    @sohaib: Please show the proof of this? Did any media outlet showed them as such? Were they caught red handed like Pakistani terrorists were caught in mumbai? No.


  • Ali
    Feb 25, 2012 - 9:24PM

    brother we are not Pakistanis anymore but “morally bankrupt indianized pakistanis” we have made them our Master and now they treat us even worse than slaves.


  • Babloo
    Feb 25, 2012 - 9:29PM

    This is inexcusable on the part of the officials who took the decision. I wish, those guys who found fault with the VISA, showed complete lack of commonsense and should be expelled from service.


  • Raj
    Feb 25, 2012 - 9:54PM

    @Iron – First of all the very first comment is by an Indian(myself). Secondly this is the fault of the organizers as well as the touring team. They are not aware of the fact that India and Pakistan issue mostly city/region specific visas to each others citizens.


  • Rajendra Kalkhande
    Feb 25, 2012 - 10:00PM

    @ Iron “Surprisingly no Indians are commenting on this.” To be truthful, most Indian have become indifferent when it comes to anything with Pakistan. Except a small group of people, most Indians have no interest in Pakistan. Not many will bother even if they close Indian Embassy in Pakistan. This sort of game will continue between India and Pakistan. In India’s case our officials manage everything and common man has no idea as to what is going on. In Pakistan’s case people protest in streets against India.


  • Sad
    Feb 25, 2012 - 10:02PM

    I apologize to my pak friends,this is outrageous behavior.btw I work in valsad which is just 20 mins from vapi,would’ve gone to see this match,u guyz hav amazing bowlers.


  • Azm Aftab
    Feb 25, 2012 - 10:17PM

    Thats typical indian behaviour for you! Disgraceful!


  • Madiha R.
    Feb 25, 2012 - 10:34PM

    This is so insulting. The Indian authorities must apologize!


  • Guest
    Feb 25, 2012 - 10:48PM

    First off, as an Indian i am angry and disappointed when i read this report ! I think if its true then the Indian government owes a sincere apology followed up by a new invite. Now having said that i think some of the Pakistani commentators need to relax and not to hyperventilate ! Sweeping statements doesn’t help solve any issues.


  • Ganga
    Feb 25, 2012 - 10:49PM

    This is very sad.I do not understand why the Pakistani team asked for visa to Daman when they wanted to come and play in Mumbai?


  • Allah Ditta
    Feb 25, 2012 - 11:04PM

    Other than Sikhs and Muslim, I do not see rest of 85% Indian population seeking visa for Pakistan. Sikhs, Muslim or Christians are not India. It is Hindu India. Why Pakistan line up to get Indian visa. All celebrities in Pakistan seek their India yatra or Indian Hajj. And then they get insulted, be it be Rahat or Cricketers. The fact is Hindus in India do not want you there. Do not go over there if there is any Gairat left in Pakistanis.


  • khan
    Feb 25, 2012 - 11:07PM

    to me its utter lax of due diligence on pakistani part.. its they who are applying for visas… why blame the indians? they just work according to law. Same was true for that rahat fateh ali …Recommend

  • usmanx
    Feb 25, 2012 - 11:08PM


    Really, indians have no interest pakistan… that’s news to everyone that reads the comment section of almost every article in this paper….



  • Hari
    Feb 25, 2012 - 11:13PM

    Pakistanis were free to roam around and visit and play and work in India before 26/11 massacre of 200 civilians by 10 young men. That incident really set back our relations.Recommend

  • Someone
    Feb 25, 2012 - 11:19PM

    I figure that the speaker of the Indian assembly is currently in Pakistan, making flowery speeches in Urdu and talking all nice and cosy. Time to summon her and put on board with what’s going on. Maybe also a good idea to summon the Indian ambassador.


  • let there be peace
    Feb 26, 2012 - 12:11AM

    This is really shameful. Most likely a pathetic attempt by someone in Narendra Modi government to score point by cheap tactics.
    Also it is Indian government’s duty to properly guide the guests and duty of organizers to look after these minor things. They can’t be expected to be experts on geography. And how the sarkari babus think one is supposed to go to Daman without going to Vapi? Even if they landed in Mumbai, they will have to go to Vapi and take a taxi for Daman, thereby travelling three states.


  • let there be peace
    Feb 26, 2012 - 12:14AM

    On second thought it looks more like arrogance and insensitiveness of Central Government Babus rather than Gujarat government.


  • Adeel
    Feb 26, 2012 - 12:50AM

    Indian shows no sympathy for Pakistanis for e.g. IPL:. But Pakistanis are dying for so called “Aman ki Asha”. I am afraid to say but the fact is Pakistani are very much kind and I can bet that Pakistani authorities will never do such with Indian team. I am also hopeful that Indian Punjab is also very kind but the South of India is very much shrewd.


  • Torrent
    Feb 26, 2012 - 1:00AM

    Relax guys, too early to call a war against India. It’s just a cricket match, I’m sure the Indians would do more than just an apology on this one.


  • Ramanujam
    Feb 26, 2012 - 1:42AM

    I dont know why everyone is blaming Indian govt for this…They’ve done the job..It was fault of the organizers who gave them the wrong visa..Of course,the pakistanis have to pay the price for their folly
    Dont u guys know that we can issue visa to particular cities in a single country??
    You know during the famous Friendship series between India and pakistan in the early 2000s…around 20 Pakistani tourists who came to India for watching the cricket match “disappeared” and are still being searched…

    Dont ask the indian govt to apologize,its the fault of the organisers.They have to apologize to both the govt for mishandling the issueRecommend

  • Chrome
    Feb 26, 2012 - 3:20AM

    I see Pakistanis here want special treatment. Laws are laws. Indians are very sensitive to Pakistani citizens whereabouts in their country and that is for a good reason. Well actually most of the world is sensitive to Pakistani whereabouts in their countries.

    I would blame the organizers, not the authorities, for bringing the Pakistani team to an unlawful location. The organizers must apologize to the Pakistani team. However authorities did their job.


  • Cynical
    Feb 26, 2012 - 4:46AM

    We should ask for a security council meeting at the UN and demand a plebicite in Mumbai for or against the match.


  • Pro Bono Publico
    Feb 26, 2012 - 6:01AM

    @Azm Aftab:
    This is the true face of India.


  • vasan
    Feb 26, 2012 - 6:41AM

    Cynical : Why Mumbai, why not in the whole of India including Kashmir?


  • usmanx
    Feb 26, 2012 - 6:49AM

    15 of the 911 hijackers were Saudis. Do you see the Americans detaining Saudi soccer players from Queens because their visa was for Brooklyn?

    This along with t-20 auction is but a symptom of the rage Hindustan has against Pakistan’s “wujood” as famously said by Ayub Khan.

    We need to completely cut ourselves off from India if we have any self-respect.


  • hina
    Feb 26, 2012 - 8:16AM

    Indians will always try and nit pick on everything Pakistanis do. It is just in their nature and the Pakistani Textile Mills have the hide to give money to Bollywood stars to promote their lawns! Isn’t it high time Pakistani officials treat Indians that come to Pakistan the same way – interrogate them and question them everytime they are in Pakistan. Not fair.


  • IndianDude
    Feb 26, 2012 - 8:52AM

    It is fault of Indian organizer and the pakistani visitors period.
    Daman & Diu are Indian federal territory and Vapi (not Wapi) is a city in one of the Indian states , i.e. Gujrat. They are so administratively different that one has to go though a customs and police check post when crossing the border of Daman into Vapi, even though they are adjacent to each other and both are same “gujrati”(south gujrati to be precise) in their culture and customs (exception being you can openly consume alcohol in daman & diu and not in Vapi) .
    Whenever, Pakistani gets an Indian Visa he/she has to clearly indicate the places he is going to visit in india before obtaining a visa.
    I guess, pakistani’s are so used to breaking rules in their own country that they dont understand the crux of this violation of the rule by the pakistani visitors.
    It is good that the Gujrat/indian government checked their illegal stay/visit to the state and deported pakistani visitors!


  • Ahan
    Feb 26, 2012 - 9:40AM

    What else should you expect from India . . .keep on trusting the the most favoured nation and keep getting surprised with insults. A stupid move.


  • Rashid
    Feb 26, 2012 - 10:07AM

    Authorities can give relaxation to team by warning or order to go back Vapi. Team have visa of vapi and organizer was arranged grounds and residence of different teams. Deport is the last stage specially for criminals. If any body going with proper visa and for the purpose of peace and fellowship the CIA have to give them relaxation


  • Rashid
    Feb 26, 2012 - 10:22AM

    The organizer knows very well about visa and limits of the both town. They arranged grounds and transport. How Players can know about limits of any area or city.


    Feb 26, 2012 - 4:03PM

    Its realy “Aman ke Aasha”


  • ouch
    Feb 26, 2012 - 6:29PM

    @IndianDude: with so much of customs, police checkposts procedures etc. between vapi and daman nobody bothered to check their visa status at that time?? only after they were in ground then your authorities woke up?? wow.. pretty slow or shall i say tube-light indians!!!. :-)


  • IndianDude
    Feb 26, 2012 - 7:23PM

    @ Ouch wrote:
    “@IndianDude: with so much of customs, police checkposts procedures etc. between vapi and daman nobody bothered to check there visa status at that time?”

    Once again you show your ignorance, Ouch! The customs and police check is there mostly for checking illegal liquors carried by people crossing a wet-Daman to Dry Vapi. The customs and police dont check passports/visa of the people crossing the Daman-Vapi borders, as for Indian citizens and “foreign” visitors it is not required to show passport to cross state borders domestically, unless you are pakistani. Since pakistanis dont look very different from indians (specially muslims, if they have facial hair) despite pakistani being “central asian” and arab origin, the customs did not check their visa,assuming them to be muslims. As you know many pakistani visitors come to india and get involved in the “explosive” activity or they stay on beyond their visa expiration.
    You and other pakistanis dont have to visit india, i dont think many indians want to visit pakistant except for sikhs (for their guru’s birth place) or some muslims who have relative across the border! Seriously, who in their right mind visits pakistan , Ouch?
    Pakistanis broke the law and their indian sponsers were ignorant of the Visa rules for pakistani, the gujrat state government was following the federal law (Being a pakistani it is hard for you to understands state institutions following fedal law, Ouch!).
    I thank gujrat government to being so vigilant.


  • khan
    Feb 27, 2012 - 2:12AM

    @Sheikh Alu Bukhara:
    And the SSR allied with BJP confessed to bombing the train carrying Pakistani innocent passengers in india? what where they? you had send ajmal kassab to India?
    well i didnt who else was assisting you in sending the jokers?

    looks like the rants of an extremist secular…….


  • grain of truth
    Feb 27, 2012 - 4:01AM

    i think our indian friends should not be offended by this incident after all these personnel were only doing jobs, but what is of concern is that even something like this which is quite funny if somewhat tragic brings out the worst in people,, all the above readers should take it for what it is,, officialdom gone mad??


  • Mr. Righty rightist
    Feb 27, 2012 - 12:47PM

    I don’t understand the outrage of Pakistanis here.

    There were two mistakes…

    1) Organizers were careless in inviting them.

    2) Pakistanis were careless in going out of the area for which the visa was issued.

    CIA (I’m hearing this for the first time), did their job. What has this got to do with ‘typical Indian mentality’ or ‘typical indian behavior’? I can’t believe that Pakistanis fail to think logically!!!


  • Mr. Righty rightist
    Feb 27, 2012 - 1:06PM

    @Usmanx who writes “15 of the 911 hijackers were Saudis. Do you see the Americans detaining Saudi soccer players from Queens because their visa was for Brooklyn?”

    Man, are you sure that America issues region/city based visas to Saudis? If you are not, then you are just ranting inane things.

    “This along with t-20 auction is but a symptom of the rage Hindustan has against Pakistan’s “wujood” as famously said by Ayub Khan.”

    The same Ayub Khan who actually started the downfall of Pakistan?!!!!!!!!


  • Hafeez
    Feb 27, 2012 - 1:53PM

    So much for “Aman ki Aasha”.


  • Hafeez
    Feb 27, 2012 - 1:54PM

    How were they allowed to enter India in the first place if they did not have valid visas? Beam me up, Scotty? Inept Indians.


  • antanu g
    Feb 27, 2012 - 3:46PM

    Daman is not in Mumbai. It’s a part of union territories of Daman and fury. RT be careful in it reports and Daman is less than 10 lmao from capo an industrial town in Gujarat


  • Che-ngrez Cahn!
    Feb 27, 2012 - 3:56PM

    @ all pakistani bloggers.
    No indian newspaper reported this incident.
    Both Pakistan and India issue ” CITY SPECIFIC” visas and visitors are banned from travelling elsewhere. If the Rotary Club team did not know rules, they had to be extradited. Pakistanis should blame and be angry at the team which displayed such utter ignorance of rules.
    No one can travel to Europe without a visa, despite having open borders. If caught, the person is jailed.
    Pakistani authorities treats the rules exactly the same way as India.
    So all bloggers, Please chill. Stop blaming India for all and every misery that befells on anything pakistani.
    Ignorance may be bliss, but it causes lots of troubles!


  • Che-ngrez Cahn!
    Feb 27, 2012 - 4:08PM

    @ all Pakistanis.
    There are over 3000 rotary clubs in India alone. Mumbai alone has 120 rotary clubs. So this is only a club issue, not as if pakistans cricket team were expelled.
    Why do the subcontinent people make a mountain out of every silly molehill????


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