Team from Pakistan arrives in Dharamsala to assess security

A team comprising Federal Investigation Agency Lahore Director and Pakistan Cricket Board Chief Security Officer arrived at Wagah border.

By: PTI | Amritsar | Updated: March 7, 2016 5:29 pm
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A two-member team from Pakistan arrived on Monday to review the security situation in Dharamsala which is scheduled to host the side’s marquee World Twenty20 clash against India a match that appears to be in trouble owing to protests by Himachal Pradesh’s ex-servicemen.

The team, comprising Federal Investigation Agency Lahore Director Dr Usman Anwar and Pakistan Cricket Board Chief Security Officer Col (R) Azam Khan, arrived via the Wagah border and left for Dharamsala.

Pakistan are scheduled to start their campaign on March 16 against a qualifier before clashing with India on March 19.

However, the much-anticipated match has been thrown into jeopardy after HP Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh said the game should be shifted out to respect popular sentiment after the Pathankot terror attacks.

Dr Anwar is also part of of the six-member special committee constituted by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to probe the Pathankot terror attack.

READ: India vs Pakistan, World T20: More than just a game

Third member of the team is Deputy High Commission in India Ubaid Nazamani.

The team will meet senior Indian security officials and assess the lodging and boarding arrangements for the players.

Besides, it will assess whether the security situation is suitable for the visit by the cricket team.

Earlier, Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said the security team would meet the Himachal Pradesh chief minister and the state police chief and prepare a report which would be sent to the Pakistan Cricket Board.

“Threats to the Pakistani cricketers are credible and the team’s scheduled departure for India may be delayed until the security officials’ delegation gives its clearance,” Nisar said.

“The trip can be delayed till we are sure that they will be safe. We want to ensure our team is provided complete security in India and this is the responsibility of the Indian government and the International Cricket Council.”

Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh had said the match should be moved to another venue out of respect for those killed in an assault by militants on the Pathankot air force base.

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First Published on: March 7, 2016 5:28 pm
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    Prof.P.L.Bakhshi
    Mar 7, 2016 at 8:23 pm
    One fails to understand as to why Indian Govt. allowed the stani team to ess the so called arrangements vis-a-vis safety of their cricketers on Indian soil. It looks quite ludicrous by all dimensions. It is the responsibility of the host country to provide security to the best of its ability to all the teams coming from various part of the world. As stan is a known aluxurious breeding ground for terrorism of all hue and color which has affected our nation umpteen times. There is every likelihood that there may be a few protest demonstrations here and there by the kithandkins, well wishers, friends of those who have been martyred by the idio-syncretic terrorists sneaked by their country with all official support.
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      Chacha Jee
      Mar 7, 2016 at 5:05 pm
      A American lawyer filed an affidavit in court that stani will sell his mother for $10. Just google it. Give them some money and tell them to stay home and do not move your essment up and down here. Why Indian Government is accepting all these jihadi teams from stan? One is for Dharm and another for Pathankot? What is wrong with Modi?
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        Chacha Jee
        Mar 7, 2016 at 5:09 pm
        No don't give them visa. These jihad exposed, hindu hating muslim. If they show up, confine them to hotels. Not welcome in india. Can not have jihad and sports together.
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          xyz
          Mar 7, 2016 at 3:51 pm
          stan match should not be held. As our PM Modiji said it is a insult to our jawans who laid down their lives protecting our nation.
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            Shoaib
            Mar 7, 2016 at 4:33 pm
            Give walkover to stan. It's Ok with you
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