RAW tried to sabotage Pakistan-Zimbabwe cricket series: Punjab home minister

Khanzada alleges RAW was behind the suicide blast that took place outside Lahore's Gaddafi Stadium


Web Desk June 23, 2015
Punjab Home Minister Shuja Khanzada. EXPRESS/FILE

Punjab Home Minister Shuja Khanzada alleged on Tuesday that India’s premier spy agency, RAW, had attempted to sabotage the Zimbabwe cricket team’s tour of Pakistan in May, Express News reported.

“RAW officials sent a text to the Zimbabwe team manager when the team landed in Dubai, threatening him that if they came to Pakistan, none of them would go back alive,” Khanzada said, while addressing the Punjab Assembly.

"The team manager then forwarded the message to Pakistani security agencies who upon investigation discovered the number belonged to a RAW official," the home minister added.

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Further, Khanzada claimed the suicide blast outside Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore during a match between the two countries was an attempt by RAW to sabotage the event.

"We foiled RAW's attempt to abandon Pakistan, Zimbabwe cricket series," he upheld.

Zimbabwe toured Pakistan on May 19 for three ODIs and two T20s. Despite strict security at the stadium, a suicide bomber exploded himself outside Gaddafi Stadium killing two people during the second ODI of the Pakistan-Zimbabwe.

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The incident, which triggered a news blackout in Pakistani media, came despite heavy security for the country’s first cricket series on home soil since an attack on the Sri Lankan team bus in March 2009.

Security had been ratcheted up for the series with around 4,000 policemen guarding the stadium itself, and a further 2,000 along the route from the Zimbabwe team hotel to the venue.

COMMENTS (27)

unbelievable | 6 years ago | Reply Yeah right .. intelligence agent who didn't know anything about burner phones. If your going to make up a story at least try and make it believable.
someone | 6 years ago | Reply I wonder if Punjab Home minister writes the comedy dramas. Can make some good money in that.
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