PM orders security review before Pak World T20 visit

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BCCI official Shukla assures full security

Staff Reporter

Islamabad/New Delhi—Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Friday ordered Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali to ‘send a team to India’ to assess measures adopted for Pakistan cricketers’ security for the World T20.
A decision on Pakistan’s participation in the World T20, being hosted by India from March 8 to April 3, hinges on a clearance report by the security team, read a statement released from the premier’s office.
A final decision on whether Pakistan’s cricket team will fly to India will be made after a report is submitted by the ‘security team’, said the statement. In a meeting with Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar, Nawaz Sharif directed to ensure “fool proof security measures for the team in coordination with the Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi”.
The development came after the chief minister of the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh, Virbhadra Singh, called for the India-Pakistan World T20 tie to be moved to another venue ‘out of respect for those killed in the assault by militants on an Indian air force base in Pathankot’.
He threatened to not provide security for Pakistan’s players at the Himachal Pradesh cricket ground in the Himalayan town of Dharamsala where the clash is due to take place on March 19.
The statement issued by the prime minister office also sought a report from the Pakistan Cricket Board on the team’s dismal performance in the Asia Cup T20.
Meanwhile, senior official of the Board of Cricket Control in India Rajiv Shukla has assured that Pakistan cricket team would be provided foolproof security in the Pak-India clash in World Twenty20 in Dharamshala.
Speaking to local media on Friday, Rajiv Shukla said, “Match between Pakistan and India will be played as per schedule on March 19 in Dharamshala.”
He added that Pakistan cricket team would be provided foolproof security and in this regard, they have talked to Chief Minister Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh.

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