Karachi: Visas have been issued to two Pakistani officials to visit India for assessing the security arrangements for the national team ahead of World Twenty20. (World Twenty20: Pakistan to Assess Security Measures in India Before Agreeing to Play)
The Indian high commission on Sunday issued the visas according to a statement from the Pakistan interior ministry. (World Twenty20: Paramilitary Will be Provided For India-Pakistan Match in Dharamsala, Says Rajnath Singh)
“All arrangements are complete for the security team to leave for India on Monday,” the ministry said in the statement.
“Director FIA Usman Anwar and Col. Azam from the Ministry of Interior will leave from Pakistan while the third member will join them from the Pakistan high commission in New Delhi.”
Col Azam is also the general manager of security and anti-corruption unit in the Pakistan board.
“The team will meet Himachal Pradesh chief minister (Virbhadra Singh) and the state police chief and will prepare a report which will be sent to the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and Federal Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar,” the statement added.
Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said on Saturday that the PCBoard has been told to wait and not send the team to India until the security delegation gives clearance.
Nisar had also insisted that the Indian government was responsible for ensuring security of the Pakistan team. The Pakistan security delegation will meet with officials of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and also meet senior Indian security officials to assess the security cover for the Pakistan team.
(With inputs from Yusra Askari)