Nawaz Sharif will be protected by his own Pakistan elite commandos when he arrives in Delhi Monday, sources told The Indian Express today.
The sources said Sharif is classified as a “high-value target”, and about eight to 10 elite Pakistani commandos will accompany him. They will be carrying weapons but only one of them will be with him at Rashtrapati Bhawan.
Sharif’s own security will be over and above the presidential-level security granted to the visiting heads of states and governments. He will be granted Z-plus security (non-SPG protectees).
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Sources said Sharif had last come to India in the 1970s as a businessman, before he joined politics. He and his brother Shahbaz had gone to their village in Punjab, Jati Umra. They have given this name to the place where they stay in Lahore too.
Sources said Sharif will meet Narendra Modi for around 30 minutes starting around noon Tuesday. According to the order of protocol, Sharif’s will be the seventh of eight bilateral meetings. These start around 9.30 am, with Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai, with Bangladesh Speaker Shirin Sharmin Chaudhary the last. Karzai too will bring his own security team, the sources said.
A team from Delhi, meanwhile, is likely to fly to Afghanistan Saturday to review the security arrangements at the Indian embassy in Kabul, consulates at other cities and other important installations. The team will be led by Subhas Goswami, ITBP director general, and comprise senior officials from various agencies.