Kolkata: The Bengal Government banned five Pakistani diplomats alongside two of their family members travelling to Kolkata to watch the upcoming highly antiticipated India vs Pakistan clash on March 19.
One of those five banned persons was a senior Pakistan diplomat who refused to be named by the reporters. He expressed disappointment over the government’s decision and said:
“It is unfortunate that India, despite being the host of the World Cup, is refusing to fulfill its obligations and creating hurdles.”
Abdul Basit, who is Pakistan’s high commissioner from New Delhi, has also been delaying his travel to Kolkata in wait of permission. Basit revealed that he has not been signaled the green light for visit yet, though he is scheduld to jet off to Kolkata on March 18, a day prior to the India Pakistan encounter at Eden Gardens. Pakistan and India will lock horns at the venue on March 19, with the blues currently on a 4-0 winning streak against the blues.
Close sources also reveal that Pakistan’s foreign office is expected to hold a meeting with the Indian envoy who will be called to Islamabad to discuss New Delhi’s decision to prohibit the Pakistan diplomats from travelling to Kolkata.
Reports close to IANS sugges that the external affairs ministry was pivotal behind the decision with the claim that the diplomats belong to Pakistan’s ISI (Inter-Services Intelligence) and that their travel posed a security threat.