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CM Himachal Pradesh denies refusing security to Pakistan for World T20

ASSAM: Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh Virbhadra Singh on Friday stated that the state government had never refused security to the Pakistan team for the World Twenty20, ARY News reported.

International Cricket Council (ICC) had shifted the venue of the high voltage Pak-India World T20 game from Dharamsala to Kolkata after CM HP Singh had refused to guarantee security to the 20-over extravaganza.

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The Himachal Pradesh CM claims that the state government had never shyed away from assuring security to the former World T20 champions for the tournament.

“The state government had never refused to provide security for the India-Pakistan cricket match at Dharamsala and the decision to shift the venue to Kolkata was that of the ICC. The government had at no point expressed its inability to provide security for the match. It had conveyed this to the Ministry of Home Affairs as well”, Singh said.

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“The state government had not shirked away from its duty and responsibility of maintaining peace, tranquillity and law and order at any point,” he said, adding that he had even advised the Board of Control for Cricket in Indian (BCCI) Secretary to approach family members of martyrs and ex-servicemen league and seek their support so that a right environment could be created without hurting the feelings of the soldiers and their families”, he added.

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