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Pakistan cricket team will not depart for India till security clearance granted, says minister
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Pakistan cricket team will not depart for India till security clearance granted, says minister



Islamabad: Federal Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said on Saturday that a security team has been constituted and will depart on Monday for India, to ensure that the Pakistani cricket team is provided complete security while participating in the ICC Twenty20 World Cup.

"ICC's security team is in India, but time is short as our cricket team is due to leave on Wednesday. We can delay our team's departure till we are sure that they will be safe in India," said Nisar as reported by Dawn.

He elaborated and said, "I have asked the PCB chairman to wait, and the team can wait until the security clearance is assured."

Nisar said that it is the responsibility of the Indian government to ensure security of the Pakistani team, as the world cup is an international tournament, and India should ensure that security is provided to all participants.

"Until security clearance has been given, our team will not leave for the world cup."

A senior officer, director in the FIA, Usman Anwar will lead the investigation team, added the interior minister.
 
Pakistan is slated to kick off their World T20 campaign at Kolkata before they travel to Dharamsala for the high-profile encounter with arch-rivals India.

An Indian group has threatened to dig up the pitch of the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium in Dharamsala to protest Pakistan’s cricket team participation in the World Twenty20 fixture against India on March 19.
(Courtesy : Dawn)






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