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Pakistan delegation reaches India to assess cricket team’s security

LAHORE: Pakistan’s two-member security team reached India on Monday to review the security situation in Dharamshala ahead of the arrival of Pakistan cricket team for the ICC T20 World Cup.

The team comprises of Director Federal Investigation Agency Usman Anwar and Pakistan Cricket Board Chief Security Officer Retired Col Azam Khan will reach Dharamshala this evening to ascertain security for Pakistan’s national team ahead of the crucial match against India.

The officials will assess whether the security situation is suitable for the visit by the cricket team, amid threats from Indian extremist and militant organisations.

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

The team will likely to meet the Himachal Pradesh chief minister and the state police chief and prepare a report to submit to the PCB and the Interior Ministry, a statement said.

Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali in a press conference had said that the threat to the Pakistani cricket team was credible and hinted at delay in scheduled departure of the cricket team to India until security appraisal and clearance from the security team.

The chief minister of the Himachal Pradesh recently refused to provide security for a World T20 tie featuring Pakistan and suggested on Sunday that 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 in neighbouring Indian Punjab.

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