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India-Pakistan World T20 at Dharamsala under cloud as Congress threatens stir

The party, at the meeting of the PCC executive, decided to hold mass protests, rallies and dharnas all over the state to ensure that the Pakistan team is not allowed to play the match.

By: Express News Service | Shimla | Updated: February 28, 2016 9:16:36 pm
pak PCC president Sukhwinder Sukhu said the BCCI has been given a final ultimatum either to call off the match or shift its venue elsewhere.

Protests against World T20 match between India and Pakistan at Dharamshala has started picking up momentum in the state with the Congress deciding not to allow the match to be held on March 19 at any cost.

The party, at the meeting of the PCC executive, decided to hold mass protests, rallies and dharnas all over the state to ensure that the Pakistan team is not allowed to play the match.

PCC president Sukhwinder Sukhu said the BCCI has been given a final ultimatum either to call off the match or shift its venue elsewhere. “We are not opposed to the game but this match between India and Pakistan can’t be allowed”.

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He said there was a consensus in the executive committee meeting that Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh should be asked to get the match cancelled to respect the sentiments of the families of the martyrs of Pathankot and Kashmir attack involving Pakistan militants.

The PCC also asked BJP MP Anurag Thakur to clarify his stand on holding the match at Dharamshala as he had earlier led Rashtria Ekta Yatra from Kolkata to Lal Chowk ( Kashmir ) to hoist national flag. “Thakur must clarify as to why he was in favour of holding match despite the opposition from martyrs’ families and general public of the state,” said Naresh Chauhan, Chairman, PCC media department.

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