West Bengal government issues security assurance for Pakistan
The Pakistan government has received security assurance from the West Bengal government about special security measures for the Pakistan national team while staying in Kolkata for their encounters in ICC World Twenty20 tournament 2016. A letter issued by the Kolkata Police Commissioner was also sent to the Pakistan government in this regard.
After much hassle about security concerns, the high voltage arch – rival clash between India and Pakistan has been shifted to Kolkata from Dharamsala. The departure of both Pakistan men and women team were postponed earlier this week after Shahryar Khan, the Chief of Pakistan Cricket Board expressed his utmost concern about the security of their team while staying in India. Even the scheduled warm – up match on Saturday has also been given up as the arrival of Pakistan team has yet to be assured by their respective board.
It was the demand of PCB officials that Indian Federal Government must issue a security assurance for the Pakistan team during their stay in India for the World Cup but BCCI officials said that they cannot do anything in this regard. BCCI officials also said that Indian Ministry of Home affairs will provide necessary security for the Pakistan team and as Cricket Association of Bengal already issued an assurance there is no need of trying to contact with Indian Federal Government in this regard.
Earlier Pakistan government had given clearance for the team to visit India but Pakistan Cricket Board made the tour on hold demanding full security assurance from the Indian government.