Security team to visit India on Monday: Nisar

ISLAMABAD: Minister for Interior, Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan on Saturday talked about hinderance in touring India by Pakistan Cricket Team (PCT) for the World Cup Twenty20.

A three-member security team has been constituted to visit India on Monday to assess security environment for the cricket team.

Based on initial report of team, a decision would be made about scheduled departure of cricket team for India on Wednesday, he added.

Ch. Nisar said disturbing reports about security threats to Pakistan team are emanating from India including threats from extremists and militant organizations to create law and order problem during visit of Pakistan cricket team.

He pointed out that these threats are not hollow as Pakistani artistes and Head of Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) also faced humiliation during their visit to India.

In this backdrop, security of the players is prime concern, and departure of the team can be delayed till necessary assurances for their safety are provided, he added.

He also pointed out that it is not a bilateral visit but a world cup where Pakistan’s participation is necessary. Pakistan is an important cricket playing country and it is responsibility of the International Cricket Council (ICC) to provide foolproof security to its team, he added.

“The cricket team would not be given green signal to depart for India until the government got satisfied with regard to security arrangements for our players,” he said.