Asif detained at Delhi airport,deported

Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Asif was detained by the immigration department at the Indira Gandhi International...

Written by Geeta Gupta | New Delhi | Published:January 18, 2009 12:23 am

Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Asif was detained by the immigration department at the Indira Gandhi International Airport on Saturday evening,reportedly for travelling without sufficient documents. Despite seeking the Pakistan High Commission’s intervention,the authorities deported him back.

The cricketer had arrived in Delhi to talk to GMR and the Delhi Daredevils management for the settlement of outstanding IPL dues.

According to sources,Asif flew to Mumbai on Saturday on-board a Karachi-Mumbai flight of the Pakistan International Airlines before taking a connecting flight to Delhi. “Asif has a five-year visa issued to him which states he can travel to India as an international cricketer to play in the Indian Premier League,” an airport official said. “However,he was on a personal visit and had not informed the Indian High Commission in Islamabad about the same,” the official added.

Besides,Asif reportedly had visa for entering India via New Delhi only and the fact that he first landed in Mumbai also created problems. “At a time of such high threat perception and growing diplomatic tensions between India and Pakistan,you tend to be extra vigilant.

“According to the visa issued to travel into India from Pakistan,there is only one fixed entry and exit point. Taking any other route will create problems,” the official said.

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