World T20: Pakistan’s security team heads for Dharamsala

NEW DELHI – A two-member security team from Pakistan arrived here on Monday to review security arrangements in Dharamsala for the World T20 match between Pakistan and India, scheduled to be held on March 19.

The team – comprising the director of the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) and a Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) member – crossed the Wagah-Attari joint check post before heading for Dharamsala, nearly 235km from Attari.

“We would like to proceed further. You know the reason why we have come here,” an official from the team told media at Attari without giving any details.

The security team – joined by a Pakistani High Commission official in New Delhi – will review security arrangements for the Dharamsala match.

The security concerns for the Pakistan Cricket Team arose after Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh last week announced that his government would not provide security to the visitors, citing a January attack on an Indian Army base.

The three-member security team is likely to meet the Himachal Pradesh chief minister and top police officers in Dharamsala. The team will submit its report to Minister for Interior Chaudhary Nisar Ali Khan and PCB officials after reviewing security arrangements.

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