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World T20: Pakistan allowed India visit on HC recommendation

ISLAMABAD: Interior Ministry on Friday gave the green signal to Pakistani cricket team for traveling to India for the World Twenty20, ARY News reported.

A spokesman of the Interior Ministry said that the permission was given on the recommendation of Pakistani High Commissioner in India Abdul Basit.

Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan and Pakistan Cricket Board senior official Najam Sethi met in Islamabad on Friday to discuss the security measures taken by the Indian authorities for the Pakistani side for the mega event.

The situation boiled up when Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh had refused to host Pakistan for the tournament and the Pak-India game, scheduled to take place at Dharamsala on 19th March, was shifted to Kolkata by the International Cricket Council (ICC).

However, many extremist organizations have threatened to disrupt the game while Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has said that they will not allow the match to be contested anywhere in the country.

Nisar had said on Thursday that Pakistan team will not leave for the neighboring country unless the Indian government assures full security to the side for the 20-over extravaganza.

Rajnath Singh, India’s Minister for Home Affairs, along with West Bengal Government had assured security to the Pakistan team for the tournament.

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